Is prayer part of your spiritual life? I’ve always been fascinated with Catholic rosaries, but I never knew until recently that there are many, many, MANY other ways to connect with the divine. And each technique showcases how prayer can be cathartic, heart-opening, life-affirming, and much more.
If you’d like to spice up your prayer life, consider the following list:
- Affirmations: consider affirmations prayer to your higher self. Create present tense statements that describe a positive or beneficial change you’d like to make. For example, “I’m blossoming with self-confidence.” Use them to counter negative thoughts and emotions.
- Amulets and talismans: these tiny magics are like wearable prayers. They become a positive affirmation as they draw in good energy and radiate it out into the world.
- Ceremonial costumes and masks: dance–twirl like the Sufis, clap, stomp, shake, shiver, and move to the beat of your internal prayer! Dress like a deity and bring its presence into the Circle.
- Mantras or centering prayer: pick a word (like “courage”) or a mantra (like om mani padme hum) and use it to keep your thoughts on prayer or meditation. Unlike affirmations, centering prayers are typically a single word, not a full sentence.
- Chanting: use the powerful energy of chanting to enter a meditative, prayerful state, or use it to sing the praises of a deity, ideal, or spirit. Listen to recordings or join in.
- Despachos: an Andean tradition, Despachos are offering ceremonies to Mother Earth and the elements. Be inspired by this ancient practice to create offering ceremonies of your own.
- Offerings in general: consider it a “thank you” to the spirits that help and support your journey. Flowers, food, music, incense, pure water, and more are all great offering ideas.
- Create your own personal spiritual text: the magically-inclined might call it a “grimoire,” but in the wonderful book “The Way We Pray,” creating your own spiritual text is described as a scrapbook documenting your journey. Put anything inside that inspires and uplifts you.
- Ritual: lighting candles and ringing bells before praying, smudging before praying or sleeping, esbat and sabbat rituals, birthday celebrations, etcetera
- Treasure maps and mandalas: Make a treasure map by placing photos of your goals on a poster board. Keep the board on your altar.
- Make a prayer box or God box. Keep anything in this box that reminds you of God. When you feel distant from Spirit, contemplate some of the things you put in there.
- Visual prayers: paint or draw your prayers. This could be beautifully kept on your altar.
- Creating a shrine or altar to honor a spirit, deity, ancestor, or ideal.
- Use a mala to count affirmations or prayers.
- Ikebana: flower arrangement as prayer.
- Ceremonies: tea ceremonies, for example. Breakfast could be a ceremony as well.
- Breathing exercises, or exercise in general.
- Add icons to your prayer space: photos of ancestors and friends and guides, statues, or anything else that stirs your soul!
- Storytelling or mythtelling.
- Pray outside.
- Pray with others.
- Have a sense of humor when you pray.
Many of these ideas came from the book “The Way We Pray,” which is a fantastic resource for broadening your spiritual practice.
- Pagan Prayer: (pomomagic.wordpress.com)
Underflow: Prayers to the Gods of Olympus: (greekgods.com)
Carrying their light: (sobeq.wordpress.com)