What is prayer really?

by Gisele Theriault February 18, 2018

What is prayer really?

Truly, how do you think of prayer?


Having been in Rishikesh for almost a week now this question arises repeatedly as it appears in many forms everywhere and anytime.

Rishikesh has been a spiritual gathering place for eons. It’s in the Himalayas on the Ganges River. The Ganges is a powerful sacred site and may be heard called Mother Ganga.

Here you will find people that pilgrim here from every country, every colour, age, social demographic, speaking in any language and honouring any faith or Mother Nature herself. All seems to blend in this city in total harmony. How beautiful is that?

In a city where eating animal and drinking alcohol is forbidden the vibration of a wider acceptance is already raised.

We’ve gone to a few satsangs with tremendously wise teachers. Sitting amidst a room of people from long time devoted students to simple seekers of lessons to live better lives.

Just being amidst this open acceptance inspires a loosening of opinions and judgements. This loosening allows the shoulder blades to release. When this happens you can almost imagine you have wings urging to set you free.

Being present here reminds me of a beautiful book I keep on my phone and reach for when I need a little vitamin deposit in my inspiration bank.. It’s called How Do You Pray? It’s a culmination of short writings on prayer from different spiritual leaders, healers and humanitarians, even with beautiful atheist perspective. A book I’d highly recommend. It supports the never ending opportunity to find awe in the present moment wherever you are..

There is a golden thread between this book and the influence of Rishikesh for me.. When we realize that the concept of ‘I’ is the heaviest thing we’ll ever have to carry and we are willing to lighten that load and see life from our true hearts, we no longer have to agree or disagree, even with ourselves. There is space for it all.

Sending you the prayer of peace in your heart of hearts from mine at the powerful Ganga.

xo Gisele

Gisele Theriault
Gisele Theriault


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