A Living Prayer

To be of self is to struggle with life, to be of love is to be free of the struggle. Because of our conditioning the struggle will only cease when we learn to use prayer to be the love that we are.

To me prayer is not something to be used to get me out of a jam or when I want a situation to be a certain way. What I have come to understand as prayer is something that can stop the incessant mind from trying to arrange every situation the way I think it should be. In order to do this and allow prayer to be a vital tool in my life, it needs to become the foundation for the way I live; in other words my life is to be a living prayer. A constant state of prayer is a constant state of knowing who I truly am and to know that my unloving self doesn’t have much power. Not only is it vital to understand this because of the energy of the universe that I am, but also because in this understanding there’s awareness of the love that I’m given which aligns me with who I truly am.

To practice being in a constant state of prayer isn’t related to anything that happens in my life. It’s to be in a constant state of having my heart opened no matter what happens. In this state I can than be with what is instead of constantly being controlled by a mind that wants everything to be to it’s liking. When this occurs I am in alignment with Universal Energy, my heart remains open, and I become the love that I am. In this state, life is lived the way it was intended, as a living prayer to benefit all beings.

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change. www.mondayinyourmind.com
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