Friday, July 29, 2011

The Blessing of Patience (Others)

May you be blessed with patience as you interact with others.
May you experience a calm, peaceful center within yourself that nothing can disturb.
May you let go of the way things are supposed to be and accept things as they are.
May you be Divinely guided when to act and when to focus on helping yourself feel more tranquil.
May you find wonderful, even surprising ways to amuse yourself or enrich your life while you wait in line or are put on hold.
May you feel yourself infused with feelings of compassion when you deal with children, the elderly, overextended clerks and waitress, and others who are struggling.
May you find serenity in allowing events to unfold in their perfect time.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Blessing of Patience (Self)

May you be patient with yourself.
May you accept where you are on your life’s journey, regardless of whether or not you plan to make any changes.
May you give up any need to be perfect, appreciating what you have accomplished.
May you surrender any need to compare your progress with that of others.
May you recognize that when you try something new you will make mistakes, especially at first, and that it is part of the process. May you gently and firmly encourage yourself to keep trying.
May you understand that everyone, even you, has off days.
May you be tolerant of yourself if aging, disability, illness, or injury prevents you from doing things as well or as quickly as you might like.
May you be as gentle and kind to yourself as you are to the most precious person in your life.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Blessing of Sleep

I have had insomnia lately, averaging less than five hours of sleep when I need at least seven. The problem is a combination of high humidity and old memories being stirred up. Here is a blessing for all of us who wish for a good night sleep.

I wish you the blessing of a good night’s sleep.
May your responsibilities still allow you plenty of time to dedicate to rejuvenating rest.
May you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.
May your dreams be filled with peace and inspiration.
May you sleep soundly throughout the night.
May you wake up the next morning full of energy and joy.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fourth of July Prayer

This Fourth of July weekend I am aware that we in the United States are both an independent nation and an interdependent nation.

Dear God,
Thank you for the United States of America and for all the men and women whose hard work, courage, tenacity, and wisdom helped make this a powerful nation. As we celebrate the anniversary of our independence, help us put aside any cynicism and see what is truly good and right about our country. Help us to feel truly blessed. Finally, guide us in the years to come. As the world changes, help us to grow in ways that not only help our own citizens to thrive but that also benefit the people of all nations. A-men.