Finding your spiritual center can prove difficult in times of crisis. When the threat is known you can ask your Higher Power for specifics. But when every day brings something different and you don’t know what the future holds, it can be hard to find your center and focus on what you really need.
Whatever prayer means for you, be it biblical, meditative, chants, songs, or your own rituals, the spiritual practice of prayer can help you feel connected to yourself, your neighbors, the world, and your Higher Power. Prayer is not a substitute for safe behaviors or scientific insights, but it can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, isolation, and sadness.
If you don’t know what to pray for, pray for patience. While the world is in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic it is totally natural to pray for the safety of yourself, your family and friends. But it is also important to keep your cool while we wait for things to get better, and worse. No one’s life is the same right now, and until things return to normal (whatever that looks like post-pandemic) we can at least try to keep our wits.
Praying for inner peace helps you accept your current circumstances and prepare for whatever the future may bring. You can’t know what’s coming but you can ask your Higher Power to guide you and take the burden so you can heal and live well.
Share your spiritual experiences and practices with your housemates, if they are healthy and willing. Even if each of you is of different faiths or without faith, you can commune digitally or within a household to help lift each others’ spirits and reinforce connections.
Prayer is not a one-way street. You must also do things to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. Let the current crisis bring out the best in you instead of driving your self-preservation at the expense of others. Pray for those you don’t know, who have less than you, and who are struggling just as much as you pray for yourself.