The Path To Healing – Step Eleven – Speak And Listen To The Uni-verse!

Step One         Step Two

Step Three      Step Four

Step Five         Step Six

Step Seven      Step Eight

Step Nine        Step Ten

Step 11 on the Path to Healing brings our attention to the need for prayer and meditation in our lives.

Since, the main purpose of this spiritual path is to put you in closer contact with the Uni-verse so that you can overcome addiction, help others to do the same and live the most rad, awesome life, it makes sense that there would be a step focusing on the these two super-important practices.

Words have power.  When we pray, we ‘speak’ our heartfelt desires to the Uni-verse to express a vision and give it energy. I look at prayer much the same way I look at a vision board.  I put forth those things that mean the most to me in as much detail as I can.  I might pray for the well-being of a sick friend or for guidance in a matter that I find challenging or that my thoughts be directed to be of maximum use.  I also pray for things that I personally want to manifest like continued health, a life of abundance and power to stay on the path of recovery.  Everything in the world is created twice – once at the level of mind/imagination/prayer and once in the physical world.  I believe with all my heart in the power of prayer.  I have seen it work in my own life and the lives of others. AND there is no right way or wrong way to pray, as long as you communicate from your heart.

One misunderstanding that people have about prayer is to assume that if they don’t get what they pray for, then the prayer did not work.  Since we cannot see beyond the veil of being Human, we cannot know the full mystery that prayer plays a part in.  What I have noticed, though, is that often prayers come true, just not in the way we had expected. For example, I can remember working on being more patient.  (I’m still working on it, by the way!)  Instead of being struck suddenly “patient”, I was given a couple of opportunities in life to practice being more patient  – sitting on the phone with Verizon customer service and driving on the freeway across LA during rush hour.  In this way, I was given the necessary lesson plan to develop the virtue of patience.  If a person prays for money or wealth, they might receive some opportunities to learn things they can apply to move in that direction.  Or they may be shown some examples of people who are wealthy and miserable so they can learn where true wealth lies.  In a few rare cases, they might win the lottery, but strangely, those folks mostly end up broke and more confused in a relatively short amount of time.

Meditation is about observing, listening and quieting the mind.  If prayer is our opportunity to speak to the Uni-verse, then meditation is an opportunity to listen.  AND since we know that addiction is fueled by the mind, any practice that can help us to quiet it down will be of utmost use to us.

There are many ways to meditate and anyone can do it.   One of my favorite meditations is called the 5-5 breath.  Let’s try it together now.

Sit down on the floor cross-legged.  If you have tight hips, your knees might not be able to release down toward the floor and this can be uncomfortable.  Grab a cushion or blankets and sit up on them so that your hips are raised up to at least the height of your knees.  Or if you prefer you can sit up in a chair.

Bring the tips of your fingers together in front of your heart so that each finger on one hand touches the corresponding finger on the other hand.  The fingers point straight up.  Now, close your eyes 9/10ths of the way so that through the slit in your eyes, you are looking past the tip of your nose at the floor.  With your spine straight and your shoulders relaxed, inhale for 5 seconds.  Then, hold your breath for 5 seconds.  Then, exhale for five seconds.  Continue this simple breath pattern for 5 minutes.   In this short amount of time, you will find that you have managed to bring about a wonderful state of calm.  If you have more time, work up to 11 minutes a day and feel free to use it anytime you need it, even multiple times during the day.

After a while, you will notice that this simple practice combined with prayer has helped you to calm the mind, get into the flow, and access a deeper connection with your self and the Uni-Verse.  I wish that for you.

With Love and Gratitude,

Tommy Rosen

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Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction specialist. Check out his website here.

  • Madalyn

    Thank you Tommy. I needed this today. You rock! Love your posts.

  • Lisamarie Dunne

    I loved this meditation and will make it a practice every day.  Thank you so much for this Tommy!