Question for us materialist/atheists about "atheist prayer" An interesting thought I had the other day. I can't say I go for it, but thought it would be interesting to discuss. Also, I'm sure there must be someone before me who has talked about something like this but I'm not aware. Anyway, this came to me during a dream, believe it or not. I was dreaming about some guy talking about this. He had written a book and apparently, he had started some trend among nonbelievers. His book was titled, "Atheist prayer". Of course the first question is, who the hell are you praying to? Well the concept is like this... It's called "prayer" because it has a similar form and function. The difference is that, the atheist doesn't believe he's actually communicating with anyone. But, as a mental activity, you sit quietly and "speak" in your mind, as though speaking to another (not yourself). While doing this, you consider what it is exactly you hope to have happen, you talk about what you don't want, and you talk about the things you are grateful for. You also talk about what you've done that you've regretted, and how you plan to make changes concerning those things in the future. Many atheists have noted the beneficial effects of meditation. But this is a little different I think. Instead of clearing you mind, you're actually doing more of an organization of it. You're setting priorities, making personal commitments, considering your faults, and generally nourishing your sense of humility as you perform a tangible act that recognizes your place in a larger whole. The fact that you're not actually talking to anyone doesn't seem to me to really change the benefits of the activity. It's sort of a combination of the calming of some types of meditation, with the benefits of psychological counseling with an imaginary questioner. What do you think? Is it simply catering to a religiously dominated world - selling out? Or, is it a way of reminding ourselves and others of humility while getting some spiritual benefits without accepting a supernatural worldview? Or, is it just silly? Of course, anyone may reply to this, but I'm mainly hoping to hear the take of nonreligious materialists. If you're not one, please note that in your response. Thanks.