A Blessing for Equilibrium
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the music of laughter break through your soul.
As the wind wants to make everything dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.
Like the freedom of the monastery bell,
May clarity of mind make your eyes smile.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May a sense of irony give you perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May fear or worry never put you in chains.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
To hear in the distance the laughter of God.
~ John O'Donohue ~
(Benedictus - A Book of Blessings)
Great Spirit, I am thankful for the returning consciousness
and the privilege of serving one more day in the fulfillment
of your plan and for the continued evolution
of my soul personality upon this plane.
Keep me constantly attuned with thy mind
that I may be more readily inspired.
~ Author Unknown
O, Master, let me touch
as many lives as possible for Thee.
And every life I touch,
do Thou by Thy Holy Spirit quicken,
whether through the words I speak,
the words I write,
the prayer I breathe,
or the life I lead.
I ask this in Thy name.
~ Author Unknown
Good morning, Life--and all
Things glad and beautiful.
My pockets nothing hold,
But he that owns the gold,
The Sun, is my great friend--
His spending has no end.
~ W.H. Davies
I pray that you may be
Divinely blessed, upheld, and
sustained and supported by the
Divine Spirit, upheld in the
Love of God
and kept very near to the
Heart of God;
that you may know this inward Peace
and that it may flow through you
like a river.
May you be so filled with
that your life may be
a benediction to all
whom you meet.
~ Henry Thomas Hamblin
THE LORD'S PRAYER TRANSLATED FROM ARAMAIC
O cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration!
Soften the ground of our being and carve out a space within us
where your Presence can abide.
Fill us with your creativity so that we may be empowered
to bear the fruit of your mission.
Let each of our actions bear fruit in accordance with our desire.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share what
each being needs to grow and flourish.
Untie the tangled threads of destiny that bind us,
as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us be seduced by that which would divert us
from our true purpose, but illuminate the opportunities
of the present moment.
For you are the ground and the fruitful vision,
the birth power and fulfillment,
as all is gathered and made whole.
MY PRAYER FOR YOU
May you find peace within today.
May you trust your Highest Power
that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love
that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance and to bask in the sun.
~ Author Unknown
THE PRAYER OF FAITH
God is my help in every need.
God does my every hunger feed.
God walks beside me, guides my way
Through every moment of the day.
I now am wise. I now am true.
Patient, kind and loving too.
All things I am, can do and be
Through Christ the Truth, that is in me.
God is my health. I can't be sick.
God is my strength, unfailing quick.
God is my all, I know no fear.
Since God and Love and Truth are here.
~ Hannah More Kohaus
O Powerful Goodness,
Bountiful Father, Merciful Guide,
Increase in me that wisdom which
discovers my truest interest.
Strengthen my resolution to perform that
that wisdom dictates.
Father of Light and Life,
Thou Good Supreme,
teach me what is good.
Teach me Thyself.
Save me from folly, vanity, vice,
from every low pursuit.
Fill my soul with knowledge, conscious
peace, virtue pure, sacred, substantial,
~ Benjamin Franklin
I will never have a fear.
For I know that God is here.
He is always at my side,
And He will always guide,
Those who try with all their might,
To be good and do what's right.
~By Beverlee at age 11
I greet this beautiful day
with optimism and joy.
The past is gone,
and the future holds no bounds.
I look forward to sharing
the joy of this day
with my partner
whom I love, trust and respect
I will not let this day pass
without telling my partner of my love
and need of his/her precious gifts.
If hurt should find its way
into this day,
I will lovingly discuss it
with my partner before retiring.
Only loving thoughts shall guide this day.
~ Beverlee & Richard Brown
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work you do
with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing,
light and renewal to those who work with you
and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment,
inspiration, and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert,
approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed sheltered, and protected.
May your soul calm, console, and renew you.
~ from "Anam Cara" By John O'Donohue
SALUTATION TO THE DAWN
Look to this day, for it is Life,
The very Life of Life.
Within its brief span, lie all the Verities,
And realities of your existence.
The Bliss of Growth.
The Glory of Action.
The Splendor of Beauty.
For yesterday is but a Dream
And tomorrow is but a Vision
But today well lived makes every
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this day.
~ The Sanskrit
AFFIRMATION TO MY HOME
My daily desire is
to feel safe, comforted,
and at peace in you.
You are where I rest
and renew my body,
mind and spirit.
The sounds, smells, sights
and feelings I have created
in you inspire me.
I look forward to coming
home each day
to be nurtured
once again by you.
You are my creation.
I need you.
I love you.
St. Patrick's Lorica (Invocation)
"I arise to-day
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of Sun,
Radiance of Moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of Lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
I arise today
In acceptance of the Three,
Supported by the One.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can and
the wisdom to know the difference.
"Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep Peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the shades of night to you, Deep Peace."
Traditional Gaelic Blessing
St. Theresa's Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and
pass on the love that has been given to you..
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
May the warm winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your home,
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there
May your moccasins
Make happy tracks
In many snows
May the rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.
THE PEACE OF " I "
Peace be with you, All My Peace,
The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".
Divine creator, father, mother, son as one ...
If I, my family, relatives and ancestors have offended you,
your family, relatives and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds and actions
from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness.
Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories,
blocks, energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted
energies to pure light ... And it is done.
~ Ho 'oponopono Prayer
PRAYER FOR THE DEPARTED
From the dawn of your birth
To the sunset of your death,
I honor you.
From the missions you completed
To your duties left undone.
I honor you.
From the season of your being
Through the cycle of your life
I honor you.
From your time beyond the veil
Til your earth entrance back again
May the angels support you.
May my healing love reach you
From this moment until the end of time.
~ from "Halloween" by Silverravenwolf
"Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors.
If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come,
that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation,
temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune
and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving one to another."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
This God, who watches worlds:
sees my heart.
This careful calculator, counting millions:
counts me in.
This artist, whose canvas
outstretches eternity at both ends;
whose palette outshines planets:
paints my portrait.
This lover, who dreams in universes:
dreams of me.
This creator, whose breadth of vision spans time
and spawns a cosmos;
whose woven tapestry of purpose,
more compound than chaos,
rolls out like a highway through history;
whose heartbeat deafens supernovas:
This craftsman hears my whispered cry.
This father . . . kisses me.
playing with the deaths
and entrances of start;
scripting the end from the beginning;
knowing the purposes of the play,
watches my feeble audition:
and writes me in.
~ Gerard Kelly
"From small beginnings, they grow stronger and deeper as they run their course, and once they have begun they cannot be turned back. Thus it is with rivers, years and friendships."
~ The Sanskrit
(The Desiderata of Happiness)
Let me do my work each day;
and if the darkened hours
of despair overcome me, may I
not forget the strength
that comforted me in the
desolation of other times.
May I still remember the bright
hours that found me walking
over the silent hills of my
childhood, or dreaming on the
margin of a quiet river,
when a light glowed within me,
and I promised my early God
to have courage amid the
tempests of the changing years.
Spare me from bitterness
and from the sharp passions of
unguarded moments. May
I not forget that poverty and
riches are of the spirit.
Though the world knows me not,
may my thoughts and actions
be such as shall keep me friendly
Lift up my eyes
from the earth, and let me not
forget the uses of the stars.
Forbid that I should judge others
lest I condemn myself.
Let me not follow the clamor of
the world, but walk calmly
in my path.
Give me a few friends
who will love me for what
I am; and keep ever burning
before my vagrant steps
the kindly light of hope.
And though age and infirmity
overtake me, and I come not within
sight of the castle of my dreams,
teach me still to be thankful
for life, and for time's olden
memories that are good and
sweet; and may the evening's
twilight find me gentle still.
~ Max Ehrmann ~
A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted
by John O'Donohue
When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight,
The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.
Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.
The ride you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.
You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken for the race of days.
At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.
You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.
Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
who sings to us in silence,
who teaches us through each other.
Guide my steps with strength and wisdom.
May I see the lessons as I walk,
honor the Purpose of all things.
Help me touch with respect,
always speak from behind my eyes.
Let me observe, not judge.
May I cause no harm,
and leave music and beauty after my visit.
When I return to forever
may the circle be closed
and the spiral be broader.
- Bee Lake (an aboriginal woman), posted to DailyDharma
Dear Lord, so far today I’m doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card. But I will be getting out of bed in a minute and I think I will really need your help then.
May the Sun, Moon and Stars shelter you and energize you with love and peace,