Living Our Lives As Prayers

“The Great Spirit is everywhere. He hears whatever is in our minds and hearts, and it is not necessary to speak to Him in a loud voice.”
–Black Elk

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When I was growing up in a fundamentalist Christian household, one of the frequent admonitions was to develop a stronger prayer life. To pray, we were instructed to find a quiet place, bow our heads, if possible, and get on our knees. We used the Lord’s Prayer as a guideline, beginning each prayer with a salutation to God, and ending with a pathway through Jesus, followed by “Amen.” Often we were encouraged to pray more often, even to the point of “praying without ceasing.” When we weren’t praying, we were living our lives. What if everything we think, feel, say, and do is a prayer? What if the way we live our lives is a moment-by-moment prayer to our creator? What does your prayer sound like? Is it filled with love and gratitude, or anger and complaints? If the creative force of the universe lives in us and though us, what are we manifesting in our world?