I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve been PRAYING a lot lately.
I hold the vision that each of us, in our own way, to our own higher power, are calling out for Peace and Love in the hearts of ALL during this most difficult time in our Nation’s history.
The way I pray now is much different than how I prayed when I was younger and had less understanding of the world, how it works and what God actually wants from me.
As a child my prayers always started like this…
Now I lay me, down to sleep I pray the Lord, my soul to keep. If I should die, before I wake. I pray the Lord, my soul to take.
I knew instinctively, at a very tender age that I couldn’t ask God for things that I didn’t also ask for other people. So, I added an addendum to my prayer…
Dear Lord, Please forgive me of all my sins, and forgive everyone else in the world of all their sins. Please help me make it through the night, and please help everyone else in the world make it through the night.
I remember knowing, even as a small child, that not everyone was going to make it through the night. That when morning came, some people in the world would have passed away and some family would be sad about it. But, I prayed that prayer all the same. The reality of life would not stop me from asking for what I knew to be true and right and good.
I still say that prayer every night when I go to sleep. Same dang way. It always cracks me up and I am infinitely proud of my little small self for KNOWING that I want EVERYONE’S highest good. Whether I know or like them or agree with them or not.
It also has occurred to me that I’ve been praying for years for God to help us through this dark night. Whatever it is, for whomever. This dark night… we will make it through.
I pray or meditate multiple times per day. When I’m irritated, upset, don’t know what to do, etc… I ask for clarity, guidance and support. I sit down and get still. I ask my higher power to be with me and help me make the best decision. This is also when I find the physical sensations of the emotional upset in my body and let it move. It’s a game changer. Everything is always working out.
I’ve added more addendums to my prayers …
Hey man! Walk with me, talk with me. (loving, friendly, familiar) I want to see what you see. I want to hear what you hear. I want to say what you would have me say. Be in my heart today, God. Make me an instrument, Of your Peace. Of your Joy. Of your Love. All in your good time, God, not my time. YOUR will, not mine. I am open and available, thy will be done. In Jesus name, I pray. SO BE IT AND SO IT IS.
Whatever Works For You
You do you. Find your faith and pray joyful prayers of thanks for the good things you want for yourself and the entire world. Lay in the grass and breathe in Nature, and all the good there is in this world. Take a walk and wave to your neighbors, no matter what sign they have in their yard. Intend to see the world through God’s clear and loving eyes.
Say NO thank you, and turn off any news channel or personality that tries to divide you from ANYONE in your community. We need each other. Life is a team sport. We didn’t come here to agree on everything or to succeed alone. We came here to learn what we can and share it with others.
What I’ve learned and am trying to share is…
and everything else, isn’t.
God IS LOVE.
This is all you need to really understand, to let go of the negativity and divisiveness.
That mindset and narrative is a mistake, intended confusion. It’s not real.
What’s real is love, connection and community. If the folks you are watching aren’t emulating this you’re watching the wrong stuff.
If YOU are someone that IS projecting something OTHER than LOVE, connection and community, I’d get radically honest and ask myself why.
When people act ugly or say ugly things, it says EVERYTHING about their own state of mind, and nothing about any person or subject they are disparaging.
Energy is running pretty high these days, folks.
Keep breathing and keep looking for ways to calm and soothe the situation.
I’m here to help.
I love you so much!!