My life is slowly starting to calm down from my wedding and honeymoon so I’m hoping to start blogging more regularly again. As soon as I get the pictures from the Photographer I will be getting a post up about the wedding.
I thought participating in this month’s Catholic Women’s Blog Hop would be a good way to start blogging again after the craziness that was the last few months. I always love participating in blog hops and link-ups because it gives me a topic to write about. So this months topic is Different ways to pray – holiness in our daily lives.
Just put the word “prayer” or “different ways to pray” into a google search and you will get TONS of results. But how do you figure out what is the “best” way or the way to pray that will help you get the most out of it.
Well, really the only way is to experiment. Honestly, none of the different ways to pray are bad. So many times people are all well I don’t enjoy praying the rosary so I must be a bad Catholic. NO! That is NOT TRUE!
I think it’s important to know and try all the different ways but it doesn’t mean you need to be good at them. Because guess what? We all have different personalities so we’re not all going to be good at everything. If you have ADD/ADHD doing a prayer where you have to sit and focus for a long time is going to be difficult. (trust me I know)
So my favorite way to pray is actually not very popular and it’s hard to do on a regular basis depending on where you live. But my favorite way to pray is the labyrinth prayer. But I do not get to do it very often because it is hard to find a walking labyrinth.
Even though it’s more of a meditative prayer/contemplative prayer which can be hard for me (and a lot of people) because I struggle with focusing because I am moving while doing the labyrinth prayer I enjoy it a lot. There are a lot of ways to do a labyrinth prayer but the main way is you meditate on something walking to the middle and then when you get there you thank god for it and then pray for it going out.
Basically, the way it works is you pray/meditate on something walking to the middle and then when you get there you thank god for it and then pray for it going out. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth only has one way in and one way out so don’t worry you can’t get lost.
One thing I have learned about labyrinths that I think is really cool is many cathedrals in Europe have them right before you enter the church and people will walk them before entering the church and I can imagine it help calm you down before entering the prayerful space of the church/mass.
If you want to try and can’t find one near you, you can always print one out on paper and pray it using your finger. My mom has done that before. Many retreat centers have them as well so the next time you go to a retreat center you might be able to walk one.
Have you ever walked one or prayed using one? Are you open to trying? Or what is your favorite way to pray? Let me know in the comments.