Worried about worrying? by Ingrid Peschke

Worried About Worrying?  How to Silence That Internal Chatter by Ingrid Peschke

Ingrid Peschke, a colleague and spiritual thinker, shares her insight on the power and effectiveness of prayer.  Here is Ingrid . . .

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“Desire is prayer,” I found myself quoting from a book that has largely informed my spiritual practice, ” . . . and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.”

The quote comes from a chapter all about prayer and even though I’ve read it many times, I still return to dig deeper into what it means to pray and how to do it with certain results. For me, prayer is what effectively turns off worry.

You could say a worried state of mind is the opposite of a prayerful one. British philosopher Alan Watts describes worry in his YouTube lecture as “a mind in the grip of vicious circles.” He says “Once you’ve learned to think you can’t stop. And an enormous number of people devote their lives to keeping their minds busy and feel extremely uncomfortable with silence.”

Yet silence is a vital ingredient of prayer. I know it (from that same chapter on prayer) as “the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings” in which “we must close the lips and silence the material senses.”

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