Those of the Catholic faith often use Rosary beads which could be considered like a chant in that it is a physical method of keeping count of the number of Hail Marys are said and the mysteries are contemplated. One's fingers move along the beads as the prayers are recited.
To pray is defined as a solemn request or expression of thanks to a deity. All prayer must be offered in faith (James 1:6), in the name of the Lord Jesus ( John 16:23), and in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26). https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=definition+of+prayer+in+the+bible&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjIwKCJ8rzaAhVjuVkKHUrcB68Q1QIoAHoFCAAQ1wE&biw=1503&bih=825
When praying people sometimes kneel, others stand with eyes either lifted up or closed, hands might be folded in one's lap, or many people like to hold hands with others. There is no right or wrong way.
When I meditate I am thinking deeply and focusing my mind and I have a specific request or expression of thanks. It might be for a short time or a rather lengthy period of time.
When I say "God bless you" to someone it is because I am sending a prayer of love...whether it is because they sneezed or it is a salutation. Everytime I say, "I will pray for you," I am at that moment saying a prayer. My list of people I pray for is very long, but I know that God knows who I am lifting up in prayer even if I do not say their names.
There are numerous benefits to meditating and/or praying. The deeper we go into meditation or prayer, the more benefits there are. Here are some:
Physically: lowers blood pressure, increases blood flow, lowers heart rate, decreases
perspiration, slows respiratory rate, lowers cortisol levels.
Emotionally/Mentally: relaxes, clears or declutters the mind, increases feeling of well-
being, decreases stress
Spiritually: connects you with your God or Higher Power, renews your sense of purpose,
increases love for others, guides you to answers, helps others.
I recently gave a presentation to a group of breast cancer survivors. They start off every meeting with the following prayer:
Dear God, thank you for this second, this minute, this hour, this day, this month,
this year. Thank you for this place, this gathering, these women, these friends,
these sisters, these hands. Keep us safe, keep us strong, keep us together as a
force for good, for healing, forever. Amen.
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