Wednesday, September 30, 2009


May you take a few moments today to be fully present.

May you feel your body as it is supported on the earth,
Whether it sits in a chair or stands on the ground.

May you listen to the sounds around you,
Whether created by living beings, machines, or forces of nature.

May you smell the scents around you,
Curious as you move from place to place in your world.

May you be aware of the flavors you experience,
As you eat, brush your teeth, or drink a beverage.

May you see the sights around you,
The colors, the shapes, the textures, the movement.

May you be fully aware of God’s presence in the moment.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Social Fear

This affirmation is based on some of the work of Florence Shovel Shinn.

I cast my burden of feeling vulnerable around people on the Christ within. The Christ Light is always protecting me. It is safe for me to be healthy, happy, successful, and financially secure.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tummy Affirmation

We have had a rash of tummy problems at church in recent weeks. Like any affirmation, this one should be tweaked for whoever is saying it. I rather prefer the word “tummy,” but I have given some options that are a bit more accurate.

I know like all the other parts of my body, my tummy (gastrointestinal system) is a divine manifestation of God. It is filled with perfect life and intelligence. It allows me to eat enjoyable foods and easily digests them so that I have all the nutrients I need to fuel my wonderful body. My tummy (lower GI system) also easily separates out the parts of the food that my body can’t use and gently sends them out of my body. My tummy feels contented and happy. For this I am grateful.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


I am filled with God’s radiant Life. My body is healthy. I am interested in the world around me and in my day to day activities. My moments are filled with joy.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

God as Life

The topic for tomorrow’s church talk is “God is the life within us.” Here is the prayer I wrote for the service.

Dear God, help me to feel your life within me. When I feel discouraged, help me to feel your joy. When I feel disinterested or numb, help me to again feel passionate and connected. When I feel sick, help me to feel your life force healing me. Thank you for my life and the knowledge that you always walk with me. A-men

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wrong Side of the Bed

Just because I wake up on the wrong side of the bed
Doesn’t mean my chances of today’s happiness are dead.

I might remember the wonder of outer space
Or think about a loving, familiar face.

I might take a walk at a gentle pace
Or put some flowers in a vase.

I might envision a player reaching home base
Or take out my art supplies from their case.

I might find a picture of a child full of grace
Or put on a favorite blouse with lace.

Slowly or quickly I fix my head
In place of gloom, I find happiness instead.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Intercontinental Grandparents

My cousin’s tenth grandchild was born in Germany on Sunday. The baby’s mom and maternal grandparents are German citizens. My cousin is a third generation American and is firmly planted in the United States.

God smiled and brought you this grandchild.

May you release your preconceived notions
And let love guide you across oceans.

May you feel a deep connection
Created by Divine perfection.

Whether in body, video, phone, mail, or mind
May this child know his grandparents are kind.

May you feel the thrill of his wonder growing
Applaud the skill of his increased knowing.

May you experience his laughter and joy
Bring comfort when sadness touches this boy.

May you leave a beautiful legacy in his heart
That continents or time can never take apart.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Obnoxious Stranger

The woman in front of me in line at the grocery store yesterday appeared to express the epitome of poor cell phone etiquette. As she animatedly talked, she seemed totally oblivious to everyone around her, at one point even turning her back to the cashier who was trying to ring up her groceries. As I eavesdropped on the offensive cell phone user’s conversation, I learned that a friend of hers had passed away very suddenly, and she was struggling to cope with the situation. The affirmation below is a way of sorting through my thoughts.

I interact with the world from a calm, centered place within me. I do not always know the reasons for a stranger’s behavior. Rather than negatively label it, I can choose to be curious. I can send love to the stranger, and send love and patience to myself. I focus my attention on what is, rather than a preconceived notion of what I think should be. With that attitude, I know peace in the moment.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumnal Equinox

May you be blessed by the peace of rare moments of balance.
Yet cherish your journey of perpetual change.

As the days grow colder, may you lovingly tend the fire within your own heart.
As the nights grow longer, may you become more aware of the light of God within you.

May you find joy in the dance of the seasons on earth and of the seasons within your life.

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Television Season

The blessings of the new television season to you.

May your old favorites remain.
May new shows your interest gain.

May the weeks bring exciting plot turns and twists.
And resolutions until the last moments be kept in the mists.

May there be plenty of laughter and romance
And powerful messages conveyed with a mere glance.

May the new season bring you catharsis and relief from your cares
And plenty to talk about the next day at work walking up the stairs.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hand Injury

MB is a well loved man in our community and received a major hand injury this summer. The people in our congregation and many others have been praying for him.

MB’s hand is filled with God’s perfect life. His hand flexes easily, closes completely, and has complete range of motion. MB’s grip is strong. He easily writes, uses tools, and enjoys sports. His hand allows him to congratulate and to comfort those for whom he is responsible. We give thanks for MB’s total healing.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Hair Style

May your strands easily align
And your lovely locks gorgeously shine.

May your new style readily bring your best features to mind
And to your not so good features be kind .

May your morning routine be a snap
And your hair look good even after a nap.

May you feel at your best for weeks to come
To the notes of a new and better song may your life hum.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Not Hearing from Someone

Dear God, sometimes I don’t know why I don’t hear from someone with whom I used to feel closer. I don’t know whether we have had a misunderstanding or whether this silence is just a natural part of the music of our relationship. Help me to know when to pursue further contact and when to let go. Please bless this person I hold in my heart as I say this prayer. May they experience joy, love, and health. Please help my heart to release any sadness and pain, and again know your joy and love. As always, help me to know that I am part of something much larger than myself and that all is in Divine order. Amen.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Manifesting a Magical Moment

I had a wonderful experience yesterday. I was feeling really down on myself. I didn’t get out of the house until almost noon. I tried to tell myself that I was in the perfect place at the perfect time, not quite believing it. I dropped off books at the library and then walked a few blocks to pay a bill. Just as I was walking I heard the carillon from a nearby church start playing. The sun was shining and while the neighborhood is older, many of the yards have pretty, sort of artsy, gardens. I felt like I was transported into another world, like a quaint churchyard of long ago. One of the songs playing was “Count Your Blessings,” which was exactly the song I needed to hear that day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Diet and Exercise

In January I felt like a pudge muffin. One week it was so bad that I actually refused to go to my martial arts class because I felt so fat. This week when I weighed myself I found out that I had overshot my goal and was still losing weight. Now I feel confused.

Dear God,
Growing up my religious teachers would sometimes tell me that my body was the temple of God, but I so seldom understood that. Help me to treat my body as lovingly as I would the walls of Your house. Teach me how to turn off the images from the media that play in my head and listen to your Divine guidance. Guide me in choosing the foods that are both enjoyable to my senses and provide life flourishing nourishment to my body. Guide me to an exercise routine that brings me joy and is just right for my unique body. Guide me to find the time and motivation to exercise regularly. Help me to be gentle and patient with myself. Thank you for my body temple.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Football Season

May you wear your team’s colors with pride.

May during each game you have good food, good drink, and good friends by your side.

May your quarterback do a skillful job the football from the opponent to hide.

May your defense do a good job the opponent’s offense to ride.

May your coaches have their strategy be expertly plied.

After each game may you have more memories of having laughed than having cried,
more memories of the refs telling the truth than having lied.

May into the playoffs your team glide.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Prayer for Pastor

After we said the prayer for out church, Lyn suggested that we have a prayer for our pastor. Both of them were in tears as Lyn read this yesterday.

Dear God, thank you for Pastor Donna and for her leadership, friendship, inspiration, guidance, and support. We ask that you continue to protect her as she travels, to fill her with radiant health, to inspire her with your wisdom and divine ideas, and to help her know that you are always there as her unseen partner in the ministry of our church.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Prayer for Our Church

Like many churches, ours is “aging out.” Older members are getting well into their eighties and nineties. Only a handful of us are middle aged, and we don’t have any members who are younger. On an average Sunday we have fewer than a dozen people at the service. Arlene asked me to write a prayer for our church to attract new, particularly younger, people. In response, I wrote this prayer.

Dear God, thank you for this church. We feel your Spirit flowing through each one of us, manifesting as healing, inspiration, and love. This church is a living, growing, breathing community. We bless those who have come before us and are grateful for the foundation they have laid. We know their love and wisdom will always be with us. We bless those who are currently a part of our church family. Today we voice our gratitude for the contributions of each one of us, no matter how large or small. We know that each week’s gathering is whole, complete, and perfect. The notes of each person’s heart, whether physically present or away, contributes to the music our church sends out into the world. Finally, we open our arms and bless those who will become a part of this church in the future and will continue its legacy. May they too find a home where their Spiritual Light can shine. As always, we acknowledge that your highest good is now being manifest. And so it is.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Public Embarrassment

This blessing was inspired by reading a news story about Caster Semenya on Friday, but I think the sentiment applies to so many people in the news.

May you know that you are a beautiful creation of God.

May you hear in your heart the loving prayers and blessings of all those that wish you well. May that sound become for you an all embracing song of life and of hope. In your darkest moments may that song guide your steps.

May your current situation be transformed into an instrument that brings good to the world and rich fulfillment to you.

May you always know the joy of expressing your unique talents in the world.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 Anniversary

Some events seem to turn our lives upside down and we are never quite the same.

May you be gentle with yourself as memories float to the surface of your consciousness.

May you honor the heroes and the victims in your own special way.

May you experience yourself as both a citizen of your country and as a citizen of the world.

May your daily thoughts and actions support peace.

Lastly, may you find a deeper sense of security, one that goes beyond outside events, one that is connected with your relationship with the Divine.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Unity World Day of Prayer

Today I take a moment to quiet myself and to feel the peace that passes all understanding. I experience it as a flame giving off light. As more and more people find that peace within themselves, our world is illuminated and positive changes become more and more prevalent. Today I pray as part of a movement greater than myself.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Whether I believe in numerology or not, I can still benefit from the vibration of the day by stating my own affirmation.
I take a few moments to focus on my heart and send forgiveness to myself and anyone else who comes to mind. Throughout the day, I remember to be compassionate to myself and all those with whom I interact. I recognize that we all have strengths and weaknesses. This thought both humbles me and helps me feel good about myself as a multifaceted human being. Every day is magical, including this one.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Plans Gone Awry

During those times when everywhere you turn your path appears to be blocked:

May you feel the warmth of the Divine’s Love in your heart, knowing that you are not alone.

May you hear the gentle whisper of Yes.

May you see the soft glow of the light directing your steps.

May you find yourself on a wondrous new path that you never suspected existed, leading you to new joy, greater abundance, and a deeper peace.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Blessing

I wish for you a Labor Day of outer celebration and inner reflection.

May you feel the joy of being with family and friends
Smelling the aroma of a barbeque
Sharing favorite foods
Hearing the laughter of children enjoying the late summer sun
Embracing those who you wish you could see more often

May you feel the gratitude of the day
Blessing the farmers, truck drivers, factory workers, and store employees who helped bring the food to your picnic table
Realizing the contribution of the individuals whose labor helps you live days like today
Offering a short prayer that the near future will bring more opportunities for people to work

May today you feel close to your fellow man and woman as well as the Divine.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kata’s Cadence

Dear God,

Sometimes—well let’s be honest—most of the time, I feel like I dance to a different drummer. You are all powerful and all knowing, and you created me. What were you thinking?!!!!! Proof that you have a sense of humor, I suppose. Still, today I offer myself as an instrument of your love, your healing, your joy and laughter, and, I hope, inspiration. May all those who can be blessed through my words find me. May your Spiritual Light shine through these cyber pages. May people click away from these pages feeling brighter and closer to You.