This isn't about one religion or faith system but about a more common practice of centering and connection. Simple or complex, how do you pursue this action? How does it work for you I grew up in a tradition that had more than it's fair share of written prayers...which over time I came to see were simply tools and introduction to deeper expressions...that or prayers for common or community action. I used to be really challenged by spending a certain amount of time in prayer, more as a discipline, but as I did this I'd get started in a prayer-time and just have this enfolding sense of "being known"...fully. All my hopes, all my aspirations, my dreams, my faults...all were known. I had little to say....maybe "help me" but little else. This sense of being known was very comforting. I thought something was amiss in this until I decided to throw myself into the silence....eventually I found out there is a vast tradition of deep silent prayer. Over may years, I have come to cherish the silence. Something happens there. I have found that part of this silence remains in me at all times now...it is very, very close. I have heard that silence initially freaks some people out...I could see that happening. But for me, over time, its been like drinking from deep, pure waters.