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Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 4

Prayer could be a drag initially, especially if we know nothing of God. However that could very well be the starting point. We could in a spirit of openness, pray to God or the universe or the supreme to reveal itself. Slowly but surely our humble disposition helps us enter a dynamic relationship with the object or person we pray to. A conscious intention to connect to a force beyond us helps us delight in our prayer session. We’d likely find newer beauty, richer life, and fulfilling moments in our prayer sessions. Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard rightly said, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

Humility as a spiritual weapon

Many mindfulness teachers suggest one should avoid judgement; just notice the mind wandering and gently return to the present chanting or prayers.

Those who practise daily prayers express deep humility to God; they consider themselves meek and insignificant. It’s important to understand that this humility is not contrived; rather it’s a natural by-product of being present in prayers. It’s effective spirituality- the ‘effect’ of spiritual practises, not the ‘executive’ spirituality.

For those acutely disconnected in prayers, feeling lowly could simply drag one on the downward spiral. It’s important to not let the mind run riot. The more we seek connection during prayers, the more we’d notice the mind wandering. And that’s when many feel inadequate and sad. But to the extent one remains focused on the task at hand – to connect to God in the present – he or she feels nourished by that feeling of inadequacy. That’s the vital difference between depression and humility; you feel nourished and loved by God when you enter the sacred space of humility, whereas in depression, a person feels unloved.

A prayer exercise with an unswerving but gentle effort to be present, keeps one humble. We’ll discuss more on humility in part three of the book.Along with cultivating meekness, a sincere spiritualist also practises ‘Acceptance’. When we come to terms with who we are and accept and forgive ourselves, we can be more effective in mindfulness practises. 

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