A friend stopped me yesterday and told me her husband had
recently lost his job. She was visibly scared and worried,
understandably concerned about the well being of her family.
When I asked what I could do to help, her only request was "pray
There was a time that this would have left me feeling
unsatisfied because it wouldn't seem like enough, but over time I
have come to understand the importance of these words, the
importance of asking others to think about you and send thoughts of
love, strength and healing.
For me prayer is synonymous with sending kind thoughts or
sending positive energy or as I like to say, sending good
I love this phrase because I have been saying it since college,
way before I understood what a "vibe" was…..way before I heard of
an energetic vibration or had an understanding of my own developing
spirituality. It was a comment from the soul, something I
didn't fully understand but it always felt like the right thing to
For reasons that I don't fully understand or am able to
articulate, prayer and good thoughts have tremendous power. I
have witnessed amazing things when it comes to prayer, most
importantly my dad's recovery from a near fatal heart attack and
stroke 11 years ago.
During his extensive recovery my family experienced an
outpouring of calls and messages saying that love and hope were
being sent our way. The strength of others allowed my mom,
sister and I to care for my dad, and although I will never know
what my dad felt or experienced, I watched him recover in a way
that I never thought was possible.
For many, prayer is an experience based in religion, and for
others the act of sending love is part of a more personal
spirituality. Either way it's an opportunity to let go of the
random thoughts that crowd the brain to focus on hope, connection
and healing for another person. It's about letting someone
know that you have been thinking of them and that you care about
their well being.
And as with all things in life, the more love you give the more
you will receive, and the more you receive the more you will have
So to my friend who is struggling right now, I am indeed sending
you love and prayers. And to anybody else who is struggling
with personal or family issues, consider asking others to think of
you. It's a powerful first step towards awareness and
Any good thoughts? Feel free to comment.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
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