I have begun a regimen of centering prayer. 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes before dinner. It is not a speaking prayer–it is a meditation in which you let your thoughts float by you without paying attention to them. The book that is guiding me, Open Mind, Open Heart, calls it “consenting to God’s presence and action within.”
This is incredibly difficult. Eastern meditation often tells you not to think. That is impossible. Centering prayer tells you not to think about your thoughts. That is almost impossible.
But I’m going to keep doing it. It puts me in my place. It reminds me that I am a vessel for love. I am not here for my own advancement, wealth, or happiness. By surrendering my thoughts and worries and agenda, I find true happiness.
We have nothing to lose but 40 minutes that would otherwise be spent watching TV or on the internet.
Also, a livelittle thing you can do to aid our Health Care crisis: Eat five fruits and vegetables a day and walk for at least 30 minutes every single day. You will prevent countless health problems.