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Excerpted from Wisdom Bowls by Meredith Young-Sowers. Copyright 2002 by Meredith Young-Sowers. Excerpted by permission of Stlilpoint Publishing.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.
 

"The ability to choose how we will direct our thinking and our attention is one of the major benefits of choosing to meditate."

  Meredith Young-Sowers
Wisdom Bowls
, Part 1

Prayer

Praying is a form of healing because it connects our inner light with the brilliance of the Divine Light. It is a pause in our daily busy-ness in order to receive Grace. We may pray for spiritual insight, the ability to love better, or to be persistent in our intention to share. We pray for emotional stability, asking to remain steady in light of challenges that we fear will sweep us under, to resist temptations or addictive relationships that we know aren't good for us. We pray for physical health and rejuvenation for our bodies, for lives that are purposeful and contribute to the greater good. We can pray for the resources to calm our worries and provide for those we love and others in need.

We pray because we are meant to continually touch the source of our Light. In so doing, we are replenished. Praying is talking to God, while meditating is listening.

Meditation

Meditation is the time-honored means of furthering spiritual growth. Meditation is difficult because we have over-active minds that want us to listen to them. Our minds play the role of the "parent" in our trilogy of child, parent, and adult. Our authentic selves are the adults, able to mediate between the child (our emotional needs) and the parent (our ever-vigilant thinking). When our "child" is telling us that we would rather sit on the couch and drink coffee than meditate, our "parent" chimes in with how little we're accomplishing and that we could find a better way to use our time. But meditation does strengthen our "adult" through perseverance. 

When we make the decision to meditate for a few minutes to a half hour daily, we develop spiritual discipline -- the ability to direct our spirits to take charge of our minds. Spiritual discipline is what we call on to keep us from phoning the friend or lover whom we know is poison for us, or from reaching for the bag of cookies we crave because we're depressed, or from pouring the third glass of wine to drown our loneliness. The ability to choose how we will direct our thinking and our attention is one of the major benefits of choosing to meditate.

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