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Prayer can be a way to open and connect to the Divine. It is like a phone call to the Universe asking for what we desire in our lives. Prayers can be a fun way to start your day. To pray is an opening of our own hearts to the All That Is.
Be creative and experiment with your prayers every morning and see how it feels by changing who or what you pray to. There is no right or wrong as long as you have loving intentions. Sometimes I pray to Buddha when I am wanting to detach from an emotional situation. Sometimes I pray to the redwood trees to help me ground and connect to the Earth, or I might pray to the Sun above to light my way and shine light into my confused brain!
Then I wait to see how Buddha shows up for me, or how the redwood trees help or how asking sunlight to fill my mind shifts my thoughts. Maybe in my prayer Buddha helps me to remember we are all suffering in some way and to have compassion for myself and the other person. Just by doing the prayer I have shifted my attention away from the upsetting situation and invited new possibilities to happen.
If you pray to the Goddess, God, Universe or whatever feels good to you, this is a wonderful way to allow creativity into your prayers and not see it as a chore. It is an invitation to the Universe to come into our lives and help us to bring a better way that we are not able to see. It is an opportunity to remember we do not need to do everything all alone. That we are in fact, connected to the Universe and the Universe is connected to us.
Every morning when you awake say your prayers with joy that we are a part of the Universe of possibilities. Pray for three things you would like to bring into your life, and then give gratitude for three things you already have. Be ready for the Universe to show up for you in many surprising ways.
Maybe the Mother Earth will bring you a beautiful butterfly to remind you that you are loved. She did for me this morning and the picture is here!
Blessings of Joy!
©Shekhina von Recklinghausen 2014
Happy New Year!
Everyone usually begins their new year with thoughts of what you wish to bring forth. Things you want more of or things you would like to be more of. I found myself sitting at the kitchen table this morning thinking over my cup of coffee that I actually do this all the time – wanting more of everything! How wonderful to have hopes and wishes.
As I sipped my rich coffee with honey I felt I would like to wish for the unexpected – the good kind of unexpected! To be more open to the world and less rigid in myself. To give myself the gift of open spontaneity! The gift of child like existence where everything is a new discovery for the first time.
My friend came over to pick me up and we started our drive down the California coastline. I love being here in California by the ocean. This is a part of my daily spiritual practice to be present and enjoy this land where I live on Mother Earth.
As we made our way just past Half Moon Bay my eyes could not believe seeing a huge field of yellow mustard flowers blooming incredible joyousness! I yelped out loud “I want to run in the flowers – please stop the car”! We pulled over and I ran into the middle of the golden yellow ocean of flowers!
To frolic in this happiness I could have never planned this to happen. To ask the Universe to bring me the unexpected brought me the most incredible experience I have had in awhile. I have so much love for the Earth and all Her incredible gifts for me and us!
Expect the unexpected of joyousness to come to you. Be open to see it, feel it, and receive it into your heart! This is a beautiful life we have. To let go of what we already know can allow the unexpected to come forth. To embrace us with the immense love that is here for us all the time.
Be spontaneous and see what might happen for you today!