What is God? Where is God? What is prayer? How should I pray?
God is a spirit that is present in all things. There is no absence of God. He is in me. He is outside of me. He is a presence of love. Because He is love, I can be at peace. I say can be at peace because I am not always so. When I forget He is love I am not at peace. When I forget He is always present, I am not at peace.
Right now my experience of prayer is asking God questions and waiting. Right now my experience of prayer is centering prayer. For those unfamiliar with centering prayer it is sitting silently before God and letting go of all thoughts, emotions and feelings. When I feel myself latching onto a thought, silently I speak a single word to bring me back. My current word is rest. I chose rest to symbolize resting in God. My goal is to have no thoughts. My goal is to be in the spaces between thoughts. When I am in the spaces between thoughts, I am sitting under the direct gaze of God.
I have found that I can go many minutes without a thought. I lose all sense of time. It is just me and God. These times refresh me for my daily activities. These times bring me tremendous peace. When I am feeling stressed by my daily activities, I can silently recite my word and bring myself back to the inner peace I find within my centering prayer.
I will remain open to the four questions I stated at the beginning of this post. This means my answers will change. I look forward to how God will reveal these answers to me.