Meditation, Affirmation, and Prayer are spiritual practices* that help to anchor your transformative journey. These tools support your ability to replace unhealthy patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms. They help you to cultivate new neural pathways, which lead to the development of rituals, routines and rhythms that strengthen your ability to walk with your purpose.
* A spiritual practice is one that supports your inward journey of self-exploration. They take us beyond the five senses to experience the Spirit, God or Soul within.
[med-i-tey-shuhn] 1. the act of meditating. 2. continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation. 3. transcendental meditation. 4. devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.
Michael Bernard Beckwith says, “Meditation is the foundation piece for the evolution of our being, to activate the gifts and talents within us and to come to higher and higher states of enlightenment.” Meditation can be achieved while sitting in the traditional lotus position or by connecting to nature while walking through a park. It is generally a time of quietude and listening to the Spirit within. While traditionally you see people sitting to meditate, there are many ways to bring yourself to the desired state of Oneness. Many find it impossible to quiet the mind while sitting quietly. Your style of meditation may be more active like walking through the park, along a sandy beach, riding a bike or painting a picture. I believe there is no “wrong way” to connect to Source. We each find what is right for us."
[af-er-mey-shuh n] 1. the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed. 2. the assertion that something exists or is true. 3. something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
As human beings we always have two things going on: what is in our “conscious” mind and what is in our “subconscious" mind. The words and ideas that we tell ourselves and each other reach both parts of our minds and establishes our behavior, thinking patterns, and habits.
Affirmations are simply affirmative words and ideas that we offer ourselves and each other. They have the power to rewire negative beliefs that we've internalized. Sometimes, self-love and appreciation are difficult for us to give ourselves and yet our relationship with our self is the most important thing. Generally, people find it easier to love and believe in others rather than to love and believe in themselves. It makes sense that we need to have a loving relationship with our self before we can have one with anyone else. An affirmation may be that transitional blanket that keeps you warm in a storm.
I affirm and know that I am Safe, Guided and Protected in all that I do.
[prair] 1. a devout petition to God, Spirit, Universal Mind or any object of worship. 2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession. 3. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
Prayer, like meditation, is conscious contact with the Infinite Intelligence within you. Prayer is a conscious mental act of working with the laws of Creation and Cause and Effect, by consciously feeling the Creative Presence at hand then speaking out words of good and acceptance. When I pray. I use affirmative prayer and know that that there is nothing outside of the infinite Goodness of Spirit.
If the word “prayer” doesn’t work for you,Dr. Ernest Holmescalled it “spiritual mind treatment” because he believed we were treating the mind spiritually! He also said, “We ourselves set the Law in motion through Affirmative Prayer. Affirmative Prayer is a definite act of the conscious mind setting The Law of Mind in motion for the idea specified in the prayer."