Sunday, October 17th, 2010
Do you pray before work?
I’m not sure how many of you believe in a higher power, but for those of you who do, you may want to make praying a daily habit.
I’m a very spiritual person, but not a religious person. I was raised Lutheran, self-taught Buddhist, Yogi, and mix in a few others and I’ve kind of developed my own spiritual practice. Lately I’ve been getting up a half hour earlier and practicing Yoga by candle light. It’s a totally awesome wake up experience when I can find the energy to do it.
After I’m done my Yoga practice I take two minutes to pray. It’s been a huge boost to my happiness and my productivity. My interactions with friends, family and strangers has been much more pleasant.
I believe everything is tied together and that string is God. The energy is transferred back and forth with all things. It’s why I believe in the Law of Attraction. The thoughts, feelings and actions that we put out there come back to us. It’s like the whole Karma concept, but on a spiritual level.
Lately I’ve been seeing the Law of Attraction in full force.
Each morning I’ve been putting in my morning prayer. I’m asking the Universe for the things that I want to see in my world.
Lately I’ve been wanting to see more laughter in my day. I feel like I’ve been too serious. By sending out this prayer, I’m directing myself to seek out this feeling.
The first morning I prayed for more laughter, so I got on a call with a client that morning and we started off our usual talk and my client told me a story of how she owned up to a mistake by making a song out of it. She actually sang me a little piece of it and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was awesome.
I’m not sure I would have laughed so hard if I hadn’t prayed for more laughter. Prayer really is very similar to the LoA. We attract what we want out of life.
Why Prayer Works
Meditative states and contemplation bring on healing influences to the body. It lowers blood pressure, which helps the heart pump easier. This alone is worth your effort.
Add on top of that the mental focus that occurs from prayer and you have a double scoop of positivity. When you send out a desire (prayer) you are asking the universe (which includes you) to find a way to make it a reality. Sometimes it takes hours or years, but if the desire is strong enough eventually the prayer becomes a reality in some form.
The desire turns into action because you can’t resist acting on this passion. I have a friend who so desperately wanted to become a great singer. He practiced, watched, and listened to everything that had to with learning how to sing. He now has his own band and sings every weekend. When I first heard him sing he was terrible, but his desire to be great overrode any fear of failure.
You have the same tools at your disposal. If you want a better career, how are you developing that desire? If you want to learn how to improve your writing how are you developing this desire?
This is where prayer comes in. You can use prayer to increase that desire, so you take action.
I wrote down some of the prayers that have been effective for me.
12 prayers you can use before work:
Some of the things you can pray for before you start my day:
1. I hope to connect with some amazing people who are willing to laugh and smile freely.
2. I would like a small business owner to call me up, begging for my help.
3. The universe will help me keep my stress level low.
4. I will reach out to someone new, someone who needs my superpowers.
5. I pray that when I give a presentation that people connect with my content. So much so that they want to come up after the talk and shake my hand.
6. I imagine that everyone who sees me smiles at me and I smile back.
7. I will take time to appreciate 5 beautiful things in the office before I start my workday.
8. I hope that you will connect with people on a very deep level and we take the time to appreciate each other’s passions, hopes and fears.
9. I think about all the love from friends and family that is in my life. I know that without them I wouldn’t have half the strength without them.
10. I visualize helping 10 people improve their lives. It can be through a kind comment or a small prayer that I silently give them as they are in my presence.
11. When I’m feeling stressed out I will laugh at how serious I’m taking life. I know that I can get overwhelmed if I don’t find some levity in my work.
12. I pray that when I hit a creative wall that I will relax with the obstacle instead of being a big bully to myself. I will encourage myself to find 3 solutions then meditate on them for 10 minutes until the best one bubbles to the surface.
Notice all of the prayers are in a very positive and reassuring pattern. You can’t pray for less hate. You have to pray for the type of life that you want your existence to be.
Setting Your Intention
Yoga teachers talk about setting an intention before you start your routine. If your intention is to relax during the hour of stretching, you’ll be more focused on relaxing. If your intention is to become more flexible then you’ll be looking to bring this into each pose.
You are creating the experience that you want to happen.
Prayer is another way of setting your intention for the day. When you ask for certain things to come in to your life you’ll find that subconsciously you’ll be finding ways to make this happen.
It really is a beautiful process if you believe in it.
How to Pray
I don’t believe that a person has to pray in a church or in a certain fashion for prayer to work. Prayer can be done is an infinite amount of ways.
I usually pray by bowing my head. That’s it. I do this because it makes me feel humble before the universe. This isn’t me feeling small. It’s a way for me to let the universe be as it is.
You can pray by clasping your hands or in a religious building or a quick bow of the head before you leave for work. The idea is to slow down and send out a positive thought into the universe.
I find that my prayers help guide my actions. The more that I open up to the possibility of creating the type of interactions that I want from other people the more likely they are to happen.
What is one prayer that you could create for yourself before you start your day?
How could you try saying your prayer every morning for 30 days?
Then come back here and tell me all about it.
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* Sarah Robinson of Escape Mediocrity wrote a post about using the whole body to take action. We might be able to mentally understand that we need to act on a solution, but we physically need to be in the right emotional spot too.
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