What do we do when meditation no longer suffices to calm our pain? We discover and gravitate toward the power of prayer. Mine started super simple:
- Please hold my hand. Please hold my hand through this.
- Please send me comfort in this time of need.
- Please take away my oppressive thoughts.
- Please show me love. Please show me love. Please show me love.
Waddya know, with repetition, softening and allowing, they work! May these poems and prayers be balm to your heart and soul.
Poem • Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Poem • Already Are By Ellany Lea
When needing love, cherishing and/or a reminder of your worthiness...
In case no on ever told you...
I love you for who you are. ⠀
Not for what you do.
I love you for what you’ve already done. ⠀
Not for how much yet to be done.⠀
I love you for who you are.⠀
Not for what you can do for me.⠀
I love you for who you already are.⠀
Not for who you might become. ⠀
I love you for who you are. ⠀
Not what you can give to me.⠀
I love you for what you’ve already given.⠀
Not for what you think I might want.⠀
I want... you.
The Serenity Prayer
When needing presence, spaciousness and/or surrender...
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Prayer of Entry by Teresa of Avila
When needing calm, patience and/or trust...
Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you
All things pass away
God never changes
Patience obtains all thing
He who has God finds he lacks for nothing
God alone suffices
Fallen From Grace by Marianne Williamson
(From From Tears to Triumph book)
Dear God [Or if you prefer, replace with Life / Universe],
I surrender to you the pain that is in my heart.
I give to you my failure, my shame, my loss, my devastation.
I know that in you, dear God, all darkness is turned to light.
Pour forth your spirit upon my mind and help me to forgive my past.
Make my life begin again.
Restore my soul and bring me peace.
Comfort me in this painful hour, that I might see again my innocence and good.
I have fallen, dear God, and I feel I cannot rise.
Please lift me up and give me strength.
Set my feet upon the path to peace and help me not to stray again.
I pray for forgiveness.
I am crushed by my failure.
Please show me who I am to you, that self-hatred shall not defeat me.
Help me remember and reclaim my good.
Help me become who you would have me be
and live the life you'd have me live, that my tears shall be no more.
Amen. [Or if you prefer, replace with Namaste or Thank you]
When needing wholeness and/or connection with self...
Please forgive me.
I love you.
Repetition of poem and prayers moves knowing from the head to the heart into the body back to the soul. 💫
Live fierce and free,
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