“Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.” (Science and Health, page 15)
Connecting with God in active prayer isn’t exclusively quiet communion and thoughts and words expressed to God. There are ways to pray in every moment, in the midst of our experiences, and to more clearly and effectively recognize that oneness with Him on the fly, so to speak.
A constant prayer is the way in which we live. You are a living prayer as you feel and express that true connection with God, good, Love. The realization of the three aspects in the quote naturally bring us into harmony with God and into an awareness of His goodness for us and for all.
With self-forgetfulness, we give up the false sense of a personal self out on our own, disconnected from the divine One. Additionally, we let go of selfishness and in doing so see how much we have to give. We feel a sense of the unity that blesses all.
Purity is that condition of being free of anything that pollutes or contaminates. We can cleanse ourselves from any impurity by being aware of those aspects of our thinking and behavior that don’t fully honor good and that tend to cloud our clarity and hide our loveliness. When we claim our innocence and live that purity that is truly ours, we are in a state of receptive prayer, for we are free of impediments to hearing and feeling God’s presence.
And true affection is a constant prayer as well. It is being Love and expressing it toward God’s creation. It is loving Love and loving to love, and this aligns us with God in every way—it is a prayer that honors God for the Love that He is, and shares it with others generously as well.
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