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Prayer and devotion: Are your prayers biased?

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Karman slowly edges her way up to the stoplight. She notices a homeless man standing on a narrow cement street divider with a sign in his hands – Hungry. Will work for food. God bless you. She relaxes back into her seat and breathes the scene in with a silent prayer. A few seconds later a woman in a black Jaguar pulls up next to her. Her attention is also drawn in by the homeless man, and she watches him as he looks to make at least some form of human, eye-to-eye contact with the passers by.

Karman observes the scene as it unfolds before her eyes and feels a deep stirring rising within her. After a few beats of her heart she is struck with a deep realization. “Wow! I’m prayer biased. I am sitting here praying for this homeless man, but I am not praying for the woman who just pulled up in the black Jag?” Immediately, Karman chooses to remedy her actions. With this choice she gets to further embody this awe-inspiring moment. She continues praying, this time praying equally for both her brother and her sister. As she focuses her full attention in prayer, another woman rounds the corner from the opposite side of the street. The woman isn’t quite elderly, but is using a walker. She is severely hunched over, and walks with a tremendous limp, her gate slightly veering to the right as she proceeds down the sidewalk. Karman can see and feel just how much effort it is taking the woman to make her way down the sidewalk. She notes to herself, “This habit in action doesn’t match the truth I feel. I am still more prone to pray for a homeless man and a lady with a walker than I am a lady in a black Jaguar? On top of that, this woman has all of these physical maladies to contend with, and yet here she is, walking down the street so that she may reach her destination.”

Once again, Karman, with great inner resolve, resumes praying – this time for all 3 souls. The thought enters her mind, “I wonder if I should give this homeless man a few dollars in honor of the lesson that he participated in sharing with me today? Hmmm. Divine Mother, is it your will that I give this man some money on this day?”As she asks Divine Mother this question, the woman with the walker stops right in her tracks, turns around, reaches down into her bag, and pulls out a few dollars! Karman is absolutely mesmerized as all of her thoughts disappear into the full presence of the moment. She sits in silence, watching as this beautiful woman makes her way over to the homeless man. He promptly notices her coming toward him and crosses the street so as to meet her.

Karman feels how conscious he is of the woman’s presence and effort; she gets to see/feel how touched he is by the humanity that is being extended to him. In spite of her own struggles, and what could be considered handicaps by some, this woman chose to work with her truth in that moment, and all in order to share a few dollars with this man. A man that many would consider a stranger, to this woman, is a brother. Karman could feel his gratitude. What love. The woman hands him the money and he says, thank you. He lifts his hands to his heart, says God bless you, and that is that.

Tears stream down Karman’s face, the thought of how very precious and beautiful humanity is has impressed itself upon her mind and body. The light changes.

End scene.

In each and every moment, and with every breath that we share, we are participating in a living meditation/prayer, an active communion/dance with the divine.

Listen. Open. Share. Receive. Feel.

Infinite blessings are interwoven in the majestic tapestry that is this very moment; bring your attention to these blessings.

You can start by being present in the many precious moments that you are blessed to share with others. Pay heed to those things and situations that stir you within. Make it a habit to bring this awareness, this feeling – your full presence – into each and every moment that you encounter.

How deeply are you choosing to move in communion with all that is in this very moment?

What helps you to stay centered as you walk through your days? What is this thread of focus for you?

If you pray, how do you pray? What is your focal point? Do you pray for the homeless man that is begging on the street corner just as you would the woman who pulls up next to him in the black Jaguar?

Listen intently to your answer.

When praying, are you thinking of the rich CEO as much as you think of the poor and the hungry? Do you lend attention to your next-door neighbor who is suffering with cancer, or the child that you just saw rolling down the street in his wheelchair? What about that little girl who is running freely through open fields as she joyfully plays soccer. What about the friend who just got a promotion at work? Do you pray for the postman as he walks up your driveway to drop off your package, or the woman you see in the supermarket that is ever so attentively studying the cantaloupes? Do you pray for yourself as you are driving in traffic, and/or do you pray for all the drivers that are on the road that day? When you are not in an active state of prayer, are you rejoicing in the beauty of what is? Are you attuning in meditation to the awareness with which you prayed?

God is all, God is in all.

When we make it a point to be mindful of the presence of God in every person, thing, and situation that our eyes grace, our ears hear, and that our hands touch; this attention and focus will take us deeper in love than we could have ever imagined with these gorgeous minds alone. Bringing our focus to this point helps us to lift ourselves to our most natural states of awareness, which can come in handy on those days when we just aren’t feeling so light and chirpy. Try it! Sure, it takes practice, but it certainly allows us to bring ourselves more fully into the majesty that is this very moment. We are worth it!

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