“Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.”
Colossians 4:2 AMP
There are several words which catch my attention in this one sentence scripture:
Attitude of Thanksgiving
It could just as easily instructed: Pray every day….or pray every moment.
But it does not. Rather it compels us to frame our efforts in prayer with specific qualities -
Focused - do not allow yourself to be distracted
Devoted - do it because you want to, not because you have to.
Persistent - do not give up just because you do not feel, see, or hear the results you think might be the answer.
Attitude of Thanksgiving - pray as if your prayers have already been answered.
Prayer Life - do this so it becomes a way of life, not just a moment in your day.
And how do we have a prayer life? And how do we give our prayer more life?
What if we look at our meditations and our Tai Chi as a modality of prayer? A form of prayer where words are not needed. Where the energy and quieted mind, allows us to enter into this prayer life as a way of life?
I have always felt that Dr. Joe mission is really to go beyond our earthly understanding and to offer us an improved vehicle to connect with God. Dr. Joe says, to let go, to go into the unknown. He also says:
Be devoted - meditate every day, no matter what
Be persistent - meditate whether you see immediate results or not
Be Focused - get out of Beta brain waves and into Alpha and Theta, where you can escape the chatter of your brain, and enter into the Energy of God.
Create a Prayer Life - daily meditation, connecting with God, moving into the unknown to create with the divine, becomes a way of life. Not just a moment of prayer….it becomes a Prayer Life.
Hold an Attitude of Thanksgiving - When you meditate you create an inner world so real, that you begin to connect real emotions to it….elevated emotions; those of love and especially gratitude. Dr. Joe implores us to:
Give thanks as if your prayers have already been answered
Gratitude is the ultimate place of receivership.
And now for our Tai Chi and Qigong practice:
Are you devoted — YES!
Are you persistent - YES!
Are you focused when you practice? - YES
Can you hold an attitude of thanksgiving? — YES
Is it, in many ways, a way of life for you? — YES
So why not add the love of God, the energy of prayer to your Tai Chi and Qigong practice. No words necessary.
Just connect with God, whether through meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong, or simply speaking with God -
And then….you WILL be in Prayer Life!
This will be a spontaneous prayer. Listen to your heart and receive in gratitude.