"Prayer is a habit of awareness; a joy of praise and gratitude; warm communication with God; is meant to be part of our lives like breathing, thinking, and talking; a joyous meeting with God; an uplifting experience of spiritual nature; the love of God and fellow man; is love; active work on God's side; moves God; fulfillment and enrichment; happy habit of companionship, and compassion. Prayer is the soul's sincere desire and need; connecting with an embracing spirit that fills you completely with a better you."This led into a rich talk about the nature of God, that one's trying to relate to. How is communicating to God different than speaking with a psychological therapist? How is God part of my essential self, versus, how is God another like a counselor? How is prayer cognitively active problem solving & dialogue, versus, how is it lowering the volume of the surrounding static through silent bonding & merging?
For next week, read Chapter 5 (p. 56-69), which will end the first section of the book, "Keeping Company With God". Also, please try to set aside a time/space for a nugget of concentrated alone time with prayer.