The Prayer Challenge

Date Posted: February 02, 2015
The Prayer Challenge

There was no conversation about God or spirituality in my home growing up, but when I was about nine-years-old, I spontaneously started to perform a ritual that I now know would be called praying. The sun would go down, darkness would fall, and I would stop to look up at the sky and say the nursery rhyme to myself: "Star bright, star light, the first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight." I would then close my eyes and stand very still, aware of my own breathing, hands clasped together, and make a wish for something I wanted.

This nightly ritual was my delicious secret. I never talked about it with my parents or my sister or even my best friend. My connection to the infinity was mine, and mine alone. It gave me comfort, and it brought a sense of well-being and calm to my heart. Even at nine-years-old, I carried a deep understanding that I was responding to an unconscious calling from something inside myself. And, strangely, I instinctively knew to only wish for things that were in the realm of possibility, and got used to expecting signs of answered prayers.

Since that time, the star bright nursery rhyme has drifted away, and other prayers have taken its place. I do still take time each day to pause, connect with myself, and thank the skies above for bringing me great peace and happiness inside, regardless of the stressors life hands me, and the fears and anxieties that life provokes. I feel grateful to have a place I can go inside myself that brings me back to me.

Religious people might say I am spending time each day to detach from my ego's will in order to connect to God. Spiritual people might say I am spending time each day to connect with my higher self. Either way, whatever you want to call it, I know from a lifetime of experience that prayer works.

I challenge you to see this for yourself.

For the next 30 days, I challenge you to stop each night and look up at the stars, take a few breaths, and say to yourself, "I welcome myself to the infinite. I bless my life, and I bless those around me. Thank you for bringing me to me, and for helping me cope with any suffering life is causing me."

Then wait, watch, and see. Look for the little miracles that start happening, and don't ignore the signs that start coming your way. Just coincidence? I don't think so!

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