“Suffering comes from thinking about the future, the past, or the self – or from the attachment to ideas about how these things should be. We can worry about the future and ask our God to protect us; or we can resent the past and seek comfort or compensation from God – or we can be quiet and still and listen. We spend most of our mental energy thinking up ways to change our lives or to avoid some uncomfortable experience, such as hunger, pain, loneliness, embarrassment, etc.
Most prayers are actually offerings of words to a God who – supposedly – already knows what you are going to say. Some say, “God doesn’t answer prayers because he can’t get a word in edge-wise!” Try this: “Go in your closet,” close your eyes, remove any external distractions, be quiet, be still, and listen. You’ll be amazed at what you can hear when you aren’t thinking and talking!”
Pete Koerner, in “The Belief Formula”
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