Prayer teaches humility and sincerity. It gives you the taste of Gratitude, and allows you the chance of seeking forgiveness and repentance. Prayers softens our hearts with love, compassion, and supplication.
For it to feed our souls, tough, prayer shouldn't be mere recitation of verses. When performed from within, it takes a deeper meaning that touches the soul and transcends the spirit.
Some people refer to meditation, breathing exercises, and other esoteric practices to seek spiritual enlightenment, while neglect seeking this ultimate connection through their daily prayers. There is nothing wrong with meditation, deep thinking, breathing exercises, reflection, and visualization when performed with the right intention, yet still, they cannot in any way replace our need for prayers. Prayer is indispensible and irreplaceable food for the hungry soul.
Dr. Miller, in his book Deep Healing, sees a great difference between these various spiritual practices. Meditation, says Miller, aims at increasing your awareness of the here and now and emptying your mind of your current problems and daily stresses. Deep relaxation, on the other hand, has the goal of reducing body tension, relieving stress and anxiety, and creating peaceful, receptive, focused frame of mind. While, prayer’s goal, he adds, is a deeper appreciation and communication with The Higher Power, with your Creator.
Early Muslims sought prayer time like a slave seeking his freedom of the soul from all earthly connections, boundaries and limitations. Prayer energizes our souls and helps us transcend to a higher level of awareness where life turbulences and challenges seem so far away and trivial.
With this meaning in mind, perform your prayers today from a new perspective. Let them emerge from deep within your soul, let them touch your heart, purify your soul and feed your spirit.
Have a great day!
With Health & Healing