Greetings! Should I Meditate or Pray? That is the question that many of us ask while on our spiritual journey through life... In the past I have had clients that I have met that are not sure how to pray or meditate. They want to know "Meditate or Pray - Who is Right?" The following article by Shimown Parham explores the differance between Meditation and Prayer. Taking time to renew and refresh your spirit through prayer or meditation is very important. Follow your heart and feed your Spirit!
Meditate or Pray - Who is Right?
Meditation and Prayer Work Good Together
Shimown Parham, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Jul 26, 2007
"In today's world with all the advancement of technology, people rarely have time to real sit back and think. The minute we wake up the mental race begins, we are distracted with our daily activities. Questions are pose to our minds on a daily basis like, "what should I wear?" "Does this tie look good with this shirt?" "What is the best way to avoid traffic?"
Our minds are always racing and people never take time to the ask the question how do I find inner peace in a chaotic world? The art of meditation is a great way to escape from a hectic, chaotic world and bring the mind back under control. The ancient sages and mystics knew mediation was the key to controlling ones own emotions and stress levels. In most modern days religions meditation is not really prescribe, the art of prayer is.
Question: What is meditation and what is Prayer?
The word Meditation comes from the Latin word meditatio which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, then later evolved into the more specific meaning "contemplation." Meditation in a more laymens terms means the Art of Listening. Listening to the inner voice of Nature what ever divine name you like to call on or refer to. It's the art of reflecting back within. Using this art form at the end of your day can bring about focus of ones day and also breed success and goal planing for the day to come. While meditating on that days actives one can see if they where a success in everything they set out to accomplish.
While reflecting on the day one can create a daily log or journal which a person can review at the end of the week to see how ones week went. By doing little steps like this can bring about order and balancement in ones life. The Art of Meditation is a great natural art form that was bestowed upon human beings. On the flipside, the art of prayer is the art form of speaking and not listening.
Pray entered Middle English as preyen, prayen,and preien around 1290, recorded in The early South-English Legendary I. 112/200: And preide is fader wel ȝerne, in the sense of "to ask earnestly." The next recorded use in 1300 is simply "to pray." It came from the Old French preier, "to request" (first seen in La Séquence de Ste. Eulalie, ca. 880) .
As you can see prayer in laymens terms is basically the projection out word. To speak out loud to go outside ones inner self to seek help from some type of spirit form, or entity. This can work in ones favor or be detrimental, all depending on the person. So when prayer and mediation are put in it's right order. One should prayer 1st then sit back and wait to listen to the response which Is meditation. In order to restore balancement back into ones life both are needed."