Many a times I have wondered what is the difference between prayer and meditation. After all both offered a connect with the divine. I out started observing myself, the words I used, the way I thought and felt during prayer I realized I used language to express myself, my inner most thoughts and feeling to a higher power. Sometimes, I plumb the depths within myself to allow whatever comes to the surface and flow out in my prayer. At other times I prayed words written by someone else, but it expressed what I wanted to say. Prayer was reaching out to the universe with questions, pleas for help, gratitude, and praise.
Meditation on the other hand I realized had a silent quality that honoured the art of receptivity. When I did meditate… I am initiated into the transcendental meditation; movement would cease and allow the activity of my mind and heart to go without me in a manner of speaking. Eventually I would fall into a deep silence a place that underlies all the noise and fray of daily human existence. In this place, it becomes possible for me to hear the universe as it speaks for itself, responds to our questions or sits with us in its silent way. With the universe and with ourselves,
Somewhere it dawned with at prayer is about asking while meditation was about listening. Both offered me different experiences and both are powerful tools. Both meditation and prayer are indispensible tools for navigating my relationship they also complemented each other, like a wave that alternates between crest and hollow, focusing on one puts me out of balance; we need to find the missing form of communication. There were times when needed to react out and express myself fully exorcising my insides and times when I had to be empty, ready to rest in quiet receiving. When I allowed myself to do both I began to have a true conversation with the universe.
2 Replies to “Prayer and meditation.”
Very True…. A good Post!
Thank You Sreedhar Bhattaram.