Throughout time people around the world have turned to silence and meditative prayer for peace. It is natural during periods of unrest, to pray or meditate to find strength and courage to get away from the upheaval – a pause from the thinking about it too much.
Emotional pain is gripping. Especially if a loved one succumbs to fatal effects caused by cancer or any kind of trauma, mental illness, grief and loss – even financial loss.
A Time article by Leon Jaroff, "Investigating the Power of Prayer," explains how an American doctor, Elizabeth Targ, was awarded substantial grants of $ 611,516 for one study, $ 823,346 for another to look at the therapeutic effects of prayer on AIDS and cancer patients .
Jaroff reports that Targ took to examining "distance healing." This is where someone offers prayer, but is not present and it is recited for the patient from afar. Targ identified "the prayed-for patients had fewer and less severe new illnesses, fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations and were generally in better moods than those in the control group. The technique, she believes, can even work on non-human species. "
Prayer can be affirmations that guide one's thinking to a positive place eg "I live in perfect health." It can be walking across a bridge imagining the space beneath it which meets the river below flowing with the rapids as nature inspiring hope and renewal.
People from diverse ethnic or religious backgrounds take time to practice quiet prayer or meditation. More commonly the practice of mindfulness is becoming part of the 21st Century among western cultures.
Psychology today, as well as ancient Hindu and Buddhist doctrines contend that, rather than mastering emotions, could we learn to live in equilibrium with emotions? The property of mindfulness or prayer belongs to no particular religion or group of people. Scientists say there are benefits in the practice of contemplative prayer, silence, or use of mindfulness. This practice can create a state of being and encourage how by 'not doing,' it can help one manage stress and combat minor to severe illnesses. Rewards are astounding and people report how a simple practice can bring balance to their health and well-being.
Whatever way our morning begins, we can experience an instant calming awareness of the moment we are in. Starting a check-in by feeling into the body and mind, allowing thoughts, emotions and physical sensations to be. Breathe, inhale, exhale. No need to judge.
Embracing life in-gratitude through words or silence can claim your spiritual realm wherever you maybe at anytime of day.