Filling Small Moments with Big Prayers and Energy

It seems to me, that there are so many tasks, or small jobs, in our everyday lives. They are the chores (or what I call the “thankless jobs”).

Washing dishes, laundry, loading and unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming, straightening up the shoe area, menu planning, shopping, getting gas in the car, picking up the coat on the floor. Picking up the coat on the floor, again.

These are the tasks or small jobs (though sometimes monumental too, you know, dishes after spaghetti without a working dishwasher) that we do over and over again, in our houses or apartments, without compensation. Over and over again. They are the permanent items on the “to do lists.”

But there they are, wanting to get done. Needing to get done. “There’s no more clean cups!” “We ran out of soap.” “My favorite pants are clean?” “Ugh, car’s on ‘E’?” Yeah, you get the picture.

Our days are filled with these types of things. If you’re like many, you probably go on autopilot while you’re doing most of them. Unloading the dryer, folding that towel (I know that I just washed this and folded this and put this very towel in the closest yesterday!).

Unfortunately it seems like unconscious energy is a large part of our day. Even after being fully caffeinated and a good workout!

What if we could be more conscious everyday?
What would it look like to bring more consciousness into our day?

Increasing awareness. Deepening our focus.

During those seemingly endless tasks and small jobs, when you are waiting, or folding, or unloading, again, try one of these small blessings to increase consciousness. Try to place your inner awareness and focus at your spiritual eye while you do this.

1. Yogananda’s Prayer for Peace and Harmony: repeat 10x (or more!), “Lord fill this world with peace and harmony. Peace and harmony.” Then repeat 3x, “Lord fill me with peace and harmony. Peace and harmony.”

2. Japa: This is a repetitive practice of saying God’s name, or using a mantra, or a small prayer. “Jai Guru” “Lord bless us”

3. Mantra: A repetitive prayer in Sanskrit like AUM namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya (“AUM, I bow to the Lord Vasudeva, or Krishna”).

4. Healing Prayers: Think of 108 people and say a small prayer of blessing for each person one time, or to one person 108 times. You can use Yogananda’s Peace and Harmony Prayer for this too!

You see, we can take the small moments, the small tasks, of everyday and fill them with a higher purpose then just getting a dish clean, or clothes folded. And putting more conscious energy into our lives.

And always remember that Yogananda said, “The channel is blessed by that which flows through it.”

Lord fill this world with peace and harmony. Peace and harmony.

Peace, A Running Theme

There is so much happening right now out and about; there are positive things, situations, events going on all over the globe. And yet there seems to be as many negatives happening too.

There is a broad feeling, for me at least, that is not settling. And it’s making me realize that I am going to have to dig a bit deeper to do my part in trying to redirect the negative to the positive. I am going to use the prayer to Paramhansa Yogananda, to guide my thoughts, will and action. Better Him than the little me!

Peace is key, inside and outside. With peace inside ourselves, we can share a more harmonious environment. A more harmonious state of being or consciousness.

Let’s start our days this year with a prayer for peace. (Paramhansa Yogananda’s Prayer for Peace and Harmony follows, shared by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi)

Visualize the person in question in the divine light, and then pray from your heart, “Lord, fill [him/her/a situation] with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.” Repeat this for about a minute. Then visualize yourself in divine light, and say, “Lord, fill me with peace and harmony, peace and harmony” for fifteen seconds. For maximum effect it’s recommended to say this prayer (both parts) five times daily.

We want to use this prayer now by saying, “Lord, fill this world with peace and harmony, peace and harmony” (for about ten repetitions), followed by, “Lord, fill me with peace and harmony, peace and harmony” (for three repetitions).

 

Peace is the treasure of a focused mind, the fruit of self-control, and the laurel earned by inner victories.
Peace comes from working with things as they are, not as we wish they were.
Peace, like a crystal stream, flows through hearts that are inspired by high ideals.
Peace is the rose-bud of kindness, spreading wide its petals in those who wish harm to no one, and mentally send their blessings to all.
Peace must be shared; never can it be hoarded.
Peace takes root in the soil of non-attachment; it flourishes when watered by daily libations of desirelessness.
Peace is, eternally, the wing-beat of inner freedom.
Peace and her sister, Humility, are sky and earth of the Garden of Paradise.
Peace is the dawn-cloud messenger of our Father’s love.
—Swami Kriyananda, poem written Christmas of 1991

Peace flows through my heart, and blows through me as a zephyr.
Peace fills me like a fragrance.
Peace runs through me like rays.
Peace stabs the heart of noise and worries.
Peace burns through my disquietude.
Peace, like a globe of fire, expands and fills my omnipresence.
Peace, like an ocean, rolls on in all space.
Peace, like red blood, vitalizes the veins of my thoughts.
Peace, like a boundless aureole, encircles my body of infinity.
Peace flames blow through the pores of my flesh, and through all space.
The perfume of peace flows over the gardens of blossoms.
The wine of peace runs perpetually through the winepress of all hearts.
Peace is the breath of stones, stars, and sages.
Peace is the ambrosial wine of Spirit flowing from the cask of silence,
Which I quaff with my countless mouths of atoms.
—Paramhansa Yogananda, Metaphysical Meditations