Prayerful meditation is an essential part of our life, whether it is through actual prayer, meditation through painting, or simple observation.
In the world, we exist on as many as three levels of consciousness. It is not that difficult to understand. The first level is the physical body, which connects us to the tangible world. This level fulfills our basic needs. It is the level on which all living being live. We wake, we work, we eat, we sleep.
The second level is the mind. It is here where our sense of identity lives. The second level involves our emotions and our intellect. It is where the ego often takes control and overrides the needs of the body.
It Is Where We Find Prayerful Meditation
The third level is the realm of spirit. It is here where we enter into prayerful meditation, a transcendent light that illuminates and unifies each moment we desire. This level is the most elusive yet the most cherished. As humans, we strive to live on all three levels.
This triadic relationship constantly influences us. For some of us the three levels and striving for them may seem overwhelming, out of control, and lonely in a crowded world.
Without Prayerful Meditation
We often feel disconnected from our purpose and source. There is so much to ignore, participate in, defend, and tolerate. We only experience true aliveness for a small fraction of the day, and this can be daunting. Many of us yearn for more, but we struggle to define what that “more life, more satisfaction” entails. The only way to identify this elusive “more” is to slow down. It is in these moments of stillness that we realize we already have what we want. Everything is as it should be, and simply being alive is enough. It is a state of bliss.
ALIVE AND YOUNGER The feeling of disconnection is ever-present. I used to believe I was an ambitious individual, independent and capable of controlling and understanding reality. How foolish I was! I tried to find aliveness in the physical body, where fitness and health were the ultimate goals. Then I sought it in the realm of the mind, through learning and discipline. However, nothing could satisfy me for long. I felt torn between the body and the mind, constantly shifting in both directions like smoke in the wind. I imagined that everyone else had it all figured out and that they were unaffected by external factors, health, emotions, family, or expectations. I convinced myself that I would have it all together by the age of 35, then moved the goalpost to 45, and now I have come to accept the futility of such aspirations. Being alive on three levels is akin to trying to control smoke and the wind that carries it.
I Finally Understood The Idea of Prayerful Meditation
THE THIRD LEVEL: BEING ALIVE IN THE LIGHT I understood the concept in theory but could never grasp what it truly meant to be alive in the light or where it originated from. Now, at the age of 59, I tell myself, “Don’t give up, stay aware, change is just around the corner.” I know this because every passing moment holds the key to rest and complete stillness. It’s as simple as stopping! Meditation has helped me realize that being alive and embracing the light is worth our attention. The mind and body may intrude into our consciousness with each breath, and we cannot prevent that. However, we can shift our focus to observation and focus on being alive and on love. Love for ourselves and love for others.
This type of prayerful meditation requires no participation, judgment, or condemnation; it merely acknowledges existence. And through it all, the breath remains a constant. There is no destination to reach. Being alive happens on three levels and is experienced through all three perspectives. Our levels of consciousness become interchangeable and whole.
SEEKING BEING ALIVE IN THE LIGHT When we achieve a balance between our inner thoughts and our external physicality, the divine light within us bubbles up with irrepressible joy and vitality. Our eyes sparkle with the sheer delight of being alive, both for ourselves and for others. Recognizing the interconnectedness of our body, mind, and spirit leads us to realize that every person on this planet is our brother and sister. When we fight and wage war against one another, we are essentially fighting ourselves. It must stop. We need to use our spiritual light as our guide. We must program ourselves for the highest ability to create good. This is why we must make art and create it with deep prayerful meditation.
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