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This week in our Friday News Minute, we explore the use of a Prayer Wheel in your daily life and focusing your life's energy on discovering and living your purpose.


A Prayer Wheel may come in a lot of different forms, but essentially it is a wheel that is inscribed or embedded with a specific prayer or mantra. In the Tibetan tradition, when you spin a prayer wheel, it has the same effect as verbally chanting or praying.

Many Tibetans will spin their Prayer Wheel dozens of times a day; in the morning, while they are walking around, and before bed at night. They often chant as they walk, with a Mala (prayer beads) in one hand and a Prayer Wheel in the other. For some Tibetans, prayer is a way of life, not just something that you do occasionally. By constantly turning their Prayer Wheels, they can keep their prayer alive in the world.

So what does a Prayer Wheel have to do with your life? And how does your life become a Prayer Wheel? Although I don't remember who said it, or where I heard it, this concept has been stuck in my head for years. I didn't understand it at the time, but over the years I have begun to get an idea of what it means to have my life become a Prayer Wheel.

Prayer Wheels and Purpose

We all have a Purpose in life. Although we are not always clear about what that Purpose is. Ultimately your Purpose is your own creation. It is the context that you choose to live your life inside of. Purpose has nothing to do with your circumstances, or changing your circumstances. It has nothing to do with getting something, or getting somewhere. True Purpose can only exist as a possibility of something. You can never achieve your Purpose, you can only take a stand for it. And a Purpose must have scope. It has to be big enough to be worth giving your life to. (Maybe even giving your life for.)

Let me give you an example.

"I Have A Dream"

You have all heard this one before, but I think it's an appropriate time to remind you. "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal'"

Martin Luther King Jr. had a "dream". Another way to say it would be that he had a Purpose that he gave his life to, and yes, gave his life for as well. That Purpose was freedom for every man, woman, and child.

Did he achieve his Purpose? You're fooling yourself if you think he did. But did he live true to his Purpose? Absolutely. He intentionally created his "self" as this Purpose. And that's what you must do if you want your life to become a Prayer Wheel.


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When Your Life Becomes a Prayer Wheel

It begins with simply declaring a Purpose for your life.

What is your Purpose?

Now remember, Purpose is a creation. You get to say what you will live your life for. Are you going to live your life for Freedom, like Dr. King? Are you going to live your life for Peace, like Gandhi? For Love, like Jesus of Nazareth? What are you willing to give your life to?

Next, you begin to align your thoughts and your actions to your Purpose. This is not an overnight process. It may take years. It may take your whole life. All you can do is ask yourself, in any given moment, "is my life aligned with my Purpose right now?" Is Love present with my family? Is Freedom present in my business? Is Peace present in my thoughts? You just keep bringing yourself back to your Purpose when you stray.

But I promise you one thing. If you stand for your Purpose for long enough, your Purpose will begin to stand for you. Your Purpose will begin to shine through in every area of your life, in everything you do. Your life will become a Prayer Wheel and the possibility of your Purpose will be alive in the world.

From the article Prayer Wheel by Josh Dunn


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