I’m not a religious person. If I were to label myself anything I’d say maybe I’m an agnostic. I don’t know what I believe.
However recently I heard someone frame prayer in an interesting, non secular way, which I really liked.
To them, prayer was simply a means of expressing gratitude to something beyond ourselves.
Honouring the universe for our existence; a miracle in so many ways.
There’s been innumerable studies that show expressing gratitude to be of huge benefit to mental health and well being.
Some people even keep gratitude journals, where they write down the things they’re grateful for.
Though I can let my mind and my thoughts frazzle me and get me down at times, my life has been filled with so many moments of overwhelming joy and content. Moments I have immeasurable gratitude for.
I can’t help but feel like there has to be something, some force or energy greater than I, that allows me to feel so wonderfully in those times.
So recently, particularly in moments where I feel such great joy, content or excitement I’ve started saying little prayers here and there.
I don’t address them to any particular deity or being, I just sit in silence and offer thanks to the universe for the incredible moments and life I have.