Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Power of Prayer
We're wired for it. Even atheists pray when the situation calls for it. Prayer is good.
I could go on and on about how you don't have to follow a spiritual path or believe in anything except mystery to pray. Prayer involves opening the heart and mind to a greater something in order to say please or thanks, ask for guidance or for blessings for the people you love. One of my great teachers always said the only thing you have to do in order to pray "correctly" is to be sincere. If you're just saying the words, that's nice, but not a prayer. It has to be real.
Praying lowers blood pressure, increases deep respiration, furthers digestion and is calming in an overall way. Prayer is good for the heart on many levels. Though I haven't seen reports of any research seeking to "prove" this, I'm sure prayer strengthens the heart physically.
Prayer lifts the spirit and reminds us of our interconnections, helps us see the big picture. What is not to love about prayer?
Here's a prayer I love. May it be so!
May the Source of strength
Who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage
To make our lives a blessing,
And let us say: Amen