by Randi Marks
For anyone that grew up with religion, prayer and meditation was a direct path to connect with God. As both have evolved, so has the understanding of how humans practice both. Some may wonder if prayer and meditation are the same and if one should be chosen over the other.
Prayer is an ancient practice that has been used for thousands of years and usually includes asking for something. One may ask God for help with problems. Meditation, on the other hand, goes beyond words and allows one to be in the moment—practicing listening rather than asking.
When one shows up for daily meditation, muscles are strengthened in the mind, illuminating paths and forming a deeper relationship with God and the soul. Many people use both prayer and meditation in times of crisis only and do not make either one part of a daily spiritual practice. In order for these methods to be effective in life, they must be practiced daily.
Robert Boissiere’s book Meditations with the Hopi states, “When prayer and meditation are used rather than relying on new inventions to create more imbalance, then they (humanity) will also find the true path.” In a time where many people are constantly plugged in and connected, people are also disconnected from feelings, one’s Creator and the self.
Many people pray for things such as more money, a better job, improved health and successful relationships. But what many don’t realize is that by asking or praying for these things, it is acknowledging to God and the universe that something is lacking. Continuing to ask for these things perpetuates and gives power to what is missing. This cycle continues and is one reason some people feel prayers are unanswered. Prayer and meditation must be embraced as a consciousness that is lived by, rather than an action performed in times of crisis.
Meditation takes prayer to the next level of consciousness because when one meditates, he or she is able to plant the seeds of intention of what one wishes to experience, and then detaches from the outcome. The more one meditates, the more one begins to live from a perspective that creation is already done. One is then not in a crisis mode, begging God for what might bring more happiness. Instead, it is the merging of the soul in the present moment with all of creation and cultivating knowingness that what is felt will become reality. If there are feelings of unworthiness, then no amount of prayer will ever work because the universe gives back only a reflection of the person inside.
Albert Einstein said, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” In a world where people rely upon instant gratification, thoughts must be shifted from asking and wanting to instead feeling what is wanted. Begin to focus on the feeling of outcome, rather than on how long it will take for the outcome to occur. This can be accomplished by creating a daily meditation ritual and dedicating just one minute a day to this practice. Try to do this at the same time every day. What matters most is commitment to show up.
Turn the phone to silent to avoid interruption. Set an alarm and let go of time. Begin to connect to breathing. Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down, close both eyes and begin breathing in through the nose, allowing the breath to go all the way down to the belly, then exhale and let it all go. It’s normal to have random thoughts; just shift attention back to breathing. Breathe for one minute and slowly open the eyes. In just that small amount of time, one will be able to find connection, listen and shift perspective.
The spiritual evolution is not always easy. Remember to be gentle and take it one day at a time. God is always waiting in the silence. Show up every day to breathe and know one is worthy of everything desired. In the moment of choice, everyone can create new possibilities in life and allow miracles to become a daily occurrence.
Randi Marks is a soul healer and teacher, and she has studied with some of the most renowned meditation and metaphysical leaders. For more information, call 512-537-6313 or visit RandiMarks.com.