“Dear God, please give me patience.”
“Dear God, please help me to open my heart and choose love.”
“Dear God, Thank You.”
You know, i’ve had some of my most profound moments while praying. I’ll pray anywhere. I pray while I drive, pray before bed, pray when I wake up, and pray before I exit the bathroom stall. Yep, an unlikely place to talk and connect with God/The Universe, but a great place nonetheless. Most of the time it’s to say thank you, or “I forgive” or “Please help me to…”
Whatever it is, God is there. Even in a bathroom stall.
However, as we open our definition of God, we see the beauty of Spirit everywhere. Look – I know just the word “God” alone can freak people out and repel them and they will click the red ‘X’ on the screen before they can finish reading this sentence. Trust me, I used to be the exact same way. In fact, I would have made fun of someone like me… believing in spirit and energy and all that “nonsense”. That is – until I decided to get over my ego and give spirituality a try.
Spirit is all around us, and it takes only a few experiences to validate that all of this is real. If you can quiet your mind, you can connect. If you can relax, you can experience the beauty of the universe.
The first time I prayed, I felt spirit. It was in the middle of me being very sick and bedridden. I got down on my knees and said,
“I don’t know who i’m talking to, but I need help. I need a miracle. I can’t do this on my own.”
And then, I just kept talking. To be honest, I didn’t know who the hell I was talking to and it didn’t matter. I felt better. Next day? Heather Waxman posted about Gabrielle Bernstein, and I found my miracle: Spirit Junkie.
After praying awhile longer, the word “God” started to become a part of my prayers. It was strange to me because I had never believed in God. But, I decided to flow with it.
When I got up the nerve to test out the miracles Gabby talks about in her books, I decided to pray for something specific: a job path that would allow me to make money from my passions.
That very night I received an email from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a one year program to become a certified holistic health coach.
This was my first indication that something seriously strange was going on. BUT, I liked it. So I kept going.
To this day, I believe more and more with practice that if we learn to quiet our minds and connect to our Higher Self, we are capable of connecting to Spirit. Spirit is simply energy, consciousness, awareness, love, and expansion. There is no limit to what Spirit can do.
I experience this on a nearly day-to-day basis now. When I settle in for meditation, the first 5-10 minutes are labored and filled with thoughts, but then I slow down. The world opens up. I become totally one with the universe. To feel it is to believe we are infinite; that anything is possible. It’s nothing short of life changing.
This feeling of infinite expansion, love, and growth is available to you throughout your day, so long as you remember to tap into it. That’s why the bathroom stall is my Church. Each time I go in there, I remind myself what i’m doing. Why i’m on this Earth. Why it’s more important to be kind than to be right.
I fail every day, but I also never give up on trying to better myself. I never give up on Spirit or God’s plan for me. When I don’t feel spirit’s presence for awhile, I know there’s a lesson i’m missing that i’m supposed to learn. All this in just a 3 minute bathroom break.
How do you feel Spirit?
Do you believe in a higher power?
What are your thoughts on God, Spirituality, and Religion?
lots of love,