When people think about prayer, they likely do in such a manner that involves sitting with one”s hand folded, looking up, and speaking to God. At least this is the case where I grew up in the United States, in a mostly Catholic area of the country. But as I began to travel the world and open my eyes to other religions, I realized that prayer is not only much more complicated than I could ever imagine, but is an important part of every religion.
Take for instance Muslim prayer. Muslims pray multiple times a day in mandatory fashion, and it involves laying out linens and kneeling. As a Christian, I prayed while at church or when I found it necessary, but Muslim prayer is done every day multiple times. Conversely, Buddhists don’t really pray, but rather meditate and self reflect.
Prayer acts as a way to communicate with higher powers through reflection. By humbling ourselves and appealing to whichever God we believe in, we open our lives to their will and doing. It is this aspect of prayer that makes us feel closer to God and that our lives are not simply in our own hands.
Virtually every organized religion has some form of prayer, and even the word itself can mean different things. In order to fully understand prayer, we must understand why we do it and what we hope to gain from it. By understating that all religions are different, we start to get an idea of how prayer is the same, yet different for everyone.
For many people, the difference between religion and spirituality is quite small, but for others, there is quite a large distinction between the two. In general, religion refers to a specific set of doctrines, often accompanied by a religious text, while spirituality simply refers to a connection with the world that cannot be seen. Whether that means believing in ghosts or not, those that are spiritual believe in a force greater than that of humanity.
In many ways, being religious means being spiritual, but being spiritual does not necessarily make one religious Believing in one or many gods means believing in something greater than ourselves, but many spiritual individuals simply believe in this force and not an all powerful being.
There is no wrong answer
Being human means trying to explain the world around us, and many do so through religion or spirituality. No matter what a person chooses to believe, it is all a vehicle with which to quantify our existence on this big, floating rock. In addition to religion and spirituality leading to more fulfilling lives, studies have shown the physical benefits to self reflection and meditation.
What is beautiful about religion and spirituality is the ability to think beyond oneself and invite the possibility that there are forces beyond our understanding. Whether you are religious or spiritual, remember that both of these aspects of living should persuade one to be a better person. There may or may not be a governing force in the sky, but what is important is treating others with compassion and understanding.
Any person that has sought the path of enlightenment and spiritual awareness has probably stumbled across the idea of tarot cards. Essentially, tarot cards are based on the idea that the deck of unique cards (usually 78 in total) can be used as a form of divination that is tailored to a specific individual. The idea is that the cards act as a vessel in which to outline the fate of the person, but also with the idea in mind that a person can change their fate.
The favorite form of divination among many mystics and psychics, tarot is a sort of “short answer” regarding a person’s destiny. Drawing the death card does not mean the person will die, but rather that tragedy may befall them or a loved one if the wheel of fate is not adjusted in any way.
Is tarot real?
Like any form of fortune telling, tarot is as real or as unreal as the amount of faith the person has in it. And although there are certain individuals that feel the rhythm of the world more deeply than others, the likely truth is that nobody can see the future through a crystal clear lens.
Imagine that we are all part of a spiritual energy on the planet and that we can directly affect how the world around us responds to that energy. Tarot is just one of many ways that we can use the tools we have been given to create a better world and forge deep spiritual relationships with the world around us.
For some, the key to spiritual fulfillment lies in the astrological calendar. Understanding that not everything in our life is within our realm of control is not only a great way to cope with the rigors of life, but it gives us a higher sense of purpose. Many would argue that astrology is an antiquated art and that stars are in different positions than they were when astrology was invented, but this does not mean that the stars don’t have things to offer.
Consider for a minute the idea of Mercury being in retrograde. Without getting too technical, this is the time of a breakdown in communication, whether it be through technology or interpersonal relationships. Is it possible that the alignment of Mercury has something to do with this, possibly, but there is more to the picture.
Understanding the stars
By harnessing the idea that there are things in this world greater than us, we are able to develop ways to better our own lives. Going back to Mercury retrograde, it is not important whether or not you believe that the stars are directly affecting your life personally, but rather using them as a way to better the world around you.
Taking care to communicate with people more thoroughly during this time, and throughout the rest of your life will lead to spiritual enrichment and a stronger bond with others. In some ways, the stars do affect how we live, and they can be used in a way that is both practical and spiritually satisfying.
One of the ways in which we explain the world around us is by observing patterns in nature. Have you ever wondered why landscapes are the most historically popular design for a piece of art? Or why music often features elements of nature and sounds found therein? The reason is because humans, even modern humans have an undeniable link with nature that is part of our evolutionary biology.
Think of the last time that you were in nature, and how that made you feel. You may have been on a camping trip, or found yourself on an unexpected hike. Either way, there is something to the feeling of being in nature that brings out the best in humanity.
The path to enlightenment
Eastern religions are almost always based on an individual that reached enlightenment through meditation, and nature is almost always part of that path. From the bodhi tree to finding ‘the path’, much of what we consider enlightenment is little more than a deep understanding of ourselves and nature.
And if viewed through a scientific lens, all of this makes sense. We as humans are an amalgam of our feelings and biology combined with how we view and interact with the world around us. Once you realize how connected we are to nature, it is easy to understand why we are so drawn to it and why it has helped many artists and spiritual practitioners reach an understanding of what it means to be a human and live in this painful, yet beautiful world.
There has been a debate in many circles concerning what controls how we live to a greater degree, the mind or the body. And while there are scholars and medical professionals that arrive at different answers, the general consensus is that the mind and the body are more closely connected than we ever thought imaginable.
Think of the way in which you behave on a daily basis. You are forced to process tons of information at any given second, and then have your body act on these decisions almost immediately. This means that the level of information transposed by the brain to the body means that the two can only be considered one entity.
Where we come in
Our goal is to show our clients the way to unlock the potential of the mind through meditation, healthy practices, and forging a unique bond with nature. Whether you believe in the power of spirituality or simply the undeniable connection we have with the world around us, we hope that our services will provide you with a way to unlock your full health potential.
There is little separation between the mind and the body, and by harnessing one, the other will become stronger. If you are still unsure of where the divide takes place, consider some of our exercises designed to help bridge the albeit small gap between the two separate, yet connected entities.
We believe that connecting the mind and body is the key to becoming a more complete human being.