Monday, April 1, 2019

Day 30 of 30 Days of Self Love: Pray

"Morning Frost" (oil)

Good morning Friends! :)

A month has flown by...I hope you spent the last 30 days practicing self love; and I hope you continue to do so for the rest of your life! :)

Today's Self Love Challenge is to pray. Regardless of our religious and/or spiritual beliefs, most of us practice some form of prayer. I turned my back on any form of spirituality for years, I had such pessimism and figured all was lost anyway - I was so deep in depression. But as I worked through the pain of depression and educated myself on the different religions of the world and the vast spiritual doctrines based on Nature, Science and the Universe - I started to feel a pull. It took me decades to find my path and the journey was absolutely fascinating!

As many of you know, I follow a Nature-based spirituality which can be defined as Paganism, though I've never been rigid with any kind of dogma. I found what makes me happy. Spirituality and prayer really gives me a sense of comfort and hope and I think that if anyone, whatever they believe, feels that sense of comfort, hope and unconditional love through religion, spirituality and prayer, then they are one of the lucky ones! :) 

In my case, prayer is asking the Universe for kindness, empathy and guidance; trusting that everything will work out for me as long as I continue to love myself. 

I also feel that the Law of Attraction is a form of prayer for me. When I ask the Universe to help manifest things I want in my life, I follow it up with actions that support my thoughts, dreams, emotions and words. I try to project out positivity to attract it back. 

"Forest Home" (oil)

I do this every morning when I'm out walking the dogs. As soon as I leave the village center and make my way onto the back roads and then into the woods, I feel my spirituality strengthening and I begin to pray. I feel a gush of gratitude and happiness when I'm chatting with Nature and the Universe! I've often thought that I'm feeling Mother Nature hugging me. :)

Thanks to all those who took part in my challenge this month! I loved reading your comments, it was a lot of fun! I learned a lot about you and you gave me lots of insight and food for thought!

I have a book called The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. It's a wonderful book with daily meditations and prayers. Today's prayer is a very powerful one, so I'll end my post with it and wish you a wonderful day!

"Today, help me focus on a peaceful pace rather than a harried one. I will keep moving forward gently, not frantically. Help me let go of my need to be anxious, upset, and harried. Help me replace it with a need to be at peace and in harmony."