Right after I brush my teeth, wash my face and make myself a cup of steaming tea, I begin my ritual of prayer and meditation. Before I begin my morning of prayer and meditation I have to fine tune the channel. Tuning my prayer channel reminds me of years ago when I had a radio with a dial on it and I had to play with the dial to make sure the radio station was at it's best so I could listen to my favorite tunes clearly. I would work the channel so precisely because listening to a crystal clear channel was important to me. Now, listening to my Higher Power as clearly as I can is important to me so I have to fine tune the channel of my mind. When I first start praying and meditating in the morning my mind may wonder to what I have to do that day or what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow and I have to tune those bits of static out and fine tune my thinking back to the present and my prayer. Some days tuning my channel may take more time than other days but it is always worth the little extra time spent to be able to hear a crystal clear Power.
Prayer and meditation was not an easy thing for me to grow accustom to. I learned their valuable worth through Al-Anon. In the past, my thoughts on meditation had a very strong visual attached. I believed you could not meditate unless there was some very strong incense burning, you sat on the floor with your legs contorted into an impossible position, your arms were outstretched, you made a low humming sound and your eyes were closed. Prayer was always something I knew about. Prayer was me begging God to do what I wanted Him to do and Him saying "No, you've been way to bad for me to do that for you." Having those ideas in my mind gave me permission not to pray or meditate...EVER.
Today, I know that prayer and meditation is just a sweet conversation between me and my Higher Power. The prayer part is me asking to have my Higher Power's will done in my life and the meditation part is me learning to listen.