Thursday, September 10, 2015
Today, September 10th, is the Unity World Day of Prayer.
That might seem like an odd thing to discuss on the blog of an erotica author. However, although I'm not active in any established religious organization, prayer and meditation are an important part of my life. Spirituality and sexuality are closely linked for me--that's a personal perspective that I often bring into my writing.
So I begin every day with perhaps ten minutes of silence, inspired by the Unity publication Daily Word. I've subscribed to this little magazine for forty years. Each day it offers a word and a related affirmation, as a jumping off point for personal spiritual exploration.
Sometimes while I'm mediating (or praying, or whatever...the labels are not important), I'm inspired with a new affirmation which feels particularly relevant to me personally. A few days ago, the following popped into my mind:
I am growing toward the Light.
That's such a perfect expression of how I feel about spiritual life (and life in general). I've made mistakes (we all do). I have days where I'm grumpy and frustrated and don't appreciate all my blessings. Overall, though, my life is a progress toward greater understanding, compassion, gratitude and joy. The light of Spirit attracts me the way the sun attracts a plant, gently pulling me in the direction of greater good.
The affirmation for the day of prayer is:
As I pray, I connect my highest thoughts with my deepest faith.
I like this. Because for me prayer is a connection. It links me in thought with the ones I love, for whom I pray each day. It binds me to my commitment, often forgotten, to live a life of kindness and celebration.
You, my readers and my colleagues, are part of that connection. I pray that you have health, happiness and above all, love, today and every day.