lelemodern said: Lazyyogi, I've transitioned to a more spiritual rather than religious lifestyle in the past few months. But now I find myself missing prayer and less connected to God. I like the practice of yoga and meditation, but how can I incorporate the two? What are your opinions on the subject?
"Love itself is the actual form of God." ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
You are not less connected to God. You are less connected to your previous concept regarding God.
The Individual, the Prayer, the God. They seem as three but they are not separate from one another.
Who you take yourself to be limits the way you perceive and conceive of God. This then dictates the approach and form prayer takes.
However, altering any one of these things will alter the other two. Change your perspective on who you are and you will change your perspective on what God is. Change the way you approach prayer and you will change the way you perceive yourself and therefore God. Change the way you approach God and it will change the way you know yourself.
This is the meaning of spirituality and the practices of devotion (love), meditation (clarity), and karma (mind-body activity/perception).
Know that whatever form your religious lifestyle took before now, you do not have to reject it. Spirituality is not about saying no to one religious set of beliefs and yes to another. The spiritual way is a sincere endeavor to unlimit daily life in divinity and divinity in daily life.
Part of the spiritual path is its changefulness. We must not be too attached to whatever forms our path takes along the way. Not only will such attachments impede any actual clarity or compassion but it will also isolate you from other avenues of inspiration.
Jesus changed my life. So did Buddha and Rumi and Osho and Nisargadatta and many others.
So what would I suggest? Pray! Often. Be creative, sincere, loving, and grateful. That is the way prayer becomes its own answer.
Daily meditation, sitting in easy stillness with whatever the mind may be doing, will be another helpful practice. It hones the mind’s insight, gives sanity to our emotions, and enacts innumerable other benefits.
Yoga, meditation, prayer, god, none of them are mutually exclusive. People will always agree or disagree. Some will teach one perspective while others teach another. Don’t believe anyone. Listen to them. Learn from them. Put their teachings to the test. Take what works and follow your insightful inspiration. Yet another useful way daily meditation helps to keep our mind clear of confusion.
The perception of spiritual/religious contradiction comes from perceptual limits. When you feel as if certain aspects of your spiritual life are in conflict, examine them closely until you find your delusional boundary and level it.
I shall leave you with a favorite quote of mine by Terence McKenna: “You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”
Namaste sis :) Much love.