Saturday, August 13, 2011
open my eyes to ways of helping
give my heart over to my humanity
connect my spirit and my powers
spur my best self into action
I bless this day and all who live it
touching one heart spreads joy
sharing freely expands my heart
listening to others opens my mind
respecting others fuels my hope
I belss this day and all who live it
in small ways I am growing wise
in quiet ways I am learning now
in openness my spirit grows strong
in sharing, my life makes sense
I bless this day and all who live it
the essence in you is my essence
knowing our similarities frees me
feeling the sameness at our cores
unites us all as family of billions
I bless this day and all who live it
I reach out in kindness and spirit
you may learn to reach back in time
if I keep true and strong to being
the change I want to see in the world
Bless this day and all who live it
Friday, August 12, 2011
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be folowed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever.
He Karakia Mihinare O Aotearoa - The New Zealand Prayer Book
Thursday, August 11, 2011
with the gift of friendship,
the bonding of persons
in a circle of love.
We thank you for such a blessing:
for friends who love us,
who share our sorrows,
who laugh with us in celebration,
who bear our pain,
who need us as we need them,
who weep as we weep,
who hold us when words fail,
and who give us the freedom
to be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health,
wholeness, life and love
Vienna Cobb Anderson ( adapted)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I breathe in life's
my atoms mingle
with all creation
I eat other life
sun filled energy
nourishing my atoms
with the life forces
of another that lived
plant, animal, fish, foul
life that was, feeds me now
this hour this moment
I spend my life
energy held, leaves
my atoms flow outward
mingling with all creation
I am in all and all is in me
Bless all life
so mote it be
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Father of the Grain, lend your seed
Let it nourish heart and head
Let it nourish thought and deed
Let its breaking be a spell
Theat hungry mouth be fed as well
And let its eating keep us free
As is our will
So mote it be
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sacred Life Force in All Things
She Who Creates from Her Own Source
All that is, was, and shall be Mirrors Her
She Who is the Spiraling Galaxies
Alive in the Stars, immenant in All Things
Endlessly becoming, spinning Life into Being
She Who speaks to us through the Wind and the Calm
She Who is Sacred Balance
Spiral Weaver of Truth and Wisdom
Her Sacret Texts are the leaves and Grasses
Everywhere is Her Consecrated Ground
She Who, She Who is Many
The Brilliant Sparks of Her Essence
Pulsing & Alive in each Cell of our Body
The Vibrant Red Sea flowing through us All
Is the Sacred River of She Who is the Spiral Goddess
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
To the Four Directions
Spirit of the East, spirit of air,
Of morning and springtime:
Be with us as the sun rises,
In time of beginning,
Times of planting,
Inspire us with the fresh breath of courage
As we go forth into new adventures.
Spirit of the south, spirit of fire,
Of noontime and summer:
Be with us through the heat of the day
And help us to be ever growing,
Warm us with strength
And energy for the work that awaits us.
Spirit of the West, spirit of water,
Of evening and autumn,
Be with us as the sun sets
And help us to enjoy a rich harvest.
Flow through us with a cooling,
Healing quietness and bring us peace.
Spirit of the North, spirit of earth,
Of nighttime and winter:
Be with us in the darkness,
In the time of gestation.
Ground us in the wisdom
of the changing seasons
As we celebrate the spiraling
Journey of our lives.
by Joan Goodwin
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I shall breathe
the sweet breath
Which comes forth from Thy mouth.
I shall behold
Thy beauty everyday.
It is my desire that I may hear
Thy sweet voice,
Like the North Wind,
That my limbs may be quickened with life
Through love of Thee.
Give me Thy hands,
Holding Thy spirit,
That I may receive it,
And may live by it.
Call Thou upon my name throughout eternity,
And it shall never fail.
Look to this day for it is life,
the very life of life.
In it's brief course lie all the verities and
realities of our existance.
The bliss of growth,
the splendor of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream
and tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well spent
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day.
Such is the salutation to the dawn.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
grant us a deeper sense of fellowship
with all living things
and our brothers and sisters
to whom you have given this earth as home.
May we realize that all these creatures
also live for themselves and for you.
They too love the goodness of life,
as we do,
and serve you better in their way
than we do in ours
St Basil of Caesarea (329 - 379) - adapted
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Sweet release from all I've locked inside.
A full reprieve from all my fears and worry.
I long to feel the part, where love expands my heart
And I no longer need a place to hide.
Move in slow, so I can hear your breathing.
Take my hand so I can know your touch.
Just to be inside this silent stillness---
My heart has no defense to offer up against
The endless ache of opening this much.
If you know what is happening to me,
Hold me close, we can let our spirits free.
Have you been beyond the other side of hope,
Where everything that's possible can be?
I'm on fire, you see it in my face,
I'm alive with the splendor and the grace.
You are welcome to join me in this space
And journey on the quest, to love our very best
And live within this intimate embrace.
deep relief - ellen robinson - august 2005
Monday, August 1, 2011
you know all their sufferings
and their hopes.
You feel in a motherly way
all the struggles between good and evil,
between the light and the darkness
which shakes the world
Accept our cry
directly to your heart.
And embrace with the love of the Mother
the peoples who await this
embrace the most.
Take under your motherly protection
the whole human family
May the time of peace and freedom,
the time of truth,
justice and hope,
approach for everyone.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Courageous in action
Gentle of heart
Let me act in wisdom
Conquer my fear and doubt
Discover my own hidden gifts
Meet others with compassion
Be a source of healing energies
And face each day with hope and joy
~ Abby Willowroot © 1998
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thank you Wisdom
for elders of all faiths and traditions
You who know that the Great Spirits presence
is working for the greatest good
in everyone, everything, everywhere
and all the time.
Thank you for your wisdom and guidance
whenever I turn to you
with a humble and open heart.
Help me to see the Spirit working
for good in all the challenges of my life.
With your help,
may it be so.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
into my heart that I may percieve,
into my mind that I may remember
and into my soul that I may meditate.
Inspire me to speak with piety, tenderness and mercy.
Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses
from beginning to end.
May Your grace ever help and correct me
and may I be strenghened with wisdom.
Based on a prayer of St Anthony of Padua ( 1195 - 1231 )
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Those small ones that seemed so big,
for all the vital things I had to get and reach.
And yet there is only one great thing,
the only thing:
To live to see the great day that dawns,
and the light that fills the world.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
to those who provide help for the ill and troubled among us.
May they be filled with fortitude and courage,
and endowed with sympathy and compassion,
as they give strenght to those at their side.
May they fight against despair,
and continue to find within themselves
the will to reach out to those in need.
And in their love of others,
may they know the blessing of community,
and the blessing of renewed faith.
this one is for a friend :)
Of benevolent thouhgt,
Of tender thought,
Of affectionate thought,
Of useful thouhgt,
Of serene thought,
Of firm thought,
Of unbiased thougt,
Of undisturbed thought,
Of unagitated thought,
Having entered on knowledge wich is
a firm support to all thoughts,
Equal to the ocean in wisdom,
Equal to the mountain Meru in knowledge,
Rich in many good qualities. . .
They attain wisdom
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Teach me to serve the as thou deserves,
to give and not to count the costs,
to fight and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to seek reward,
save that of knowing that I do thy will.
St Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556) - adapted
I give thanks for the beauty You put in
every single one of Your creations.
I am grateful that You did not fail in making
every stone, plant, creature, and human being
a perfect and whole part of the sacred hoop.
I am grateful that You have allowed me to see
the strength and beauty of my relations.
My humble request is that all the children of Earth
will learn to see the same perfection in themselves.
May none of your human children doubt or question
Your wisdom, grace, and sense of wholeness
in giving all of Creation a right to be
living extensions of Your perfect love.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Mistress,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we recieve;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi ( 1181-1226 ) - adapted
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
For the glory of thunder and the mystery of music.
For the singing of birds and the laughter of children.
I thank you for the delights of colour,
the awe if sunset,
the wild roses in the hedgerows,
the smile of friendship.
I thank you for the sweetness of the flowers
and the scent of hay.
Truly, O Lady, the earth is full of your riches
Edward King 1829 -1910 ( adapted)
your life to the wind.
By the meritorious acts that you have done,
go to heaven, and then to earth again.
Or, resort to the waters,
if you feel at home there.
Remain in the herbs
with the bodies you propose to take.
Rig Veda X :16 : 3
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
poor as i am, how we can in no way
pass judgement on other people's intentions.
Indeed, by sending people along an endless variety of paths,
you give me an example for myself
and for this I thank you.
St Catherina of Sienna ( 1347 - 1380)
no changes here
Sunday, July 17, 2011
you will offer to us every blessing on earth and in heaven.
You grant our deepest wishes.
You give food to the body and peace to the soul.
You look upon us with the love of a mother for her children.
You created this beautful earth all around us.
And in every plant and animal, every tree and bird, your spirit dwells.
You have revealed yourself to me,
infusing my soul with the knowledge that you are the source of all blessing
And so I sing your praise day and night.
I who am feeble, glorify you who are powerful.
I who are nothing, devote myself to you, who are everything.
based on the Atharva veda
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I shall be called a million names by all who speak!
I am Eternal Maiden! I am Great Mother!
I am the Old One who holds the immortal key!
I am shrouded in Mystery, but am known to every soul.
I am the beauty of green earth,
and the white moon among the stars,
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man.
Call unto thy soul, arise, and come unto me.
I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices,
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals
Let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
honour and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.
You shall be free from slavery
and you shall dance, sing, and feast.
Music shall surround you,
for mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine is also the joy of the earth!
I do not demand sacrifice!
For behold, I am the Mother of all things
and My love is poured out upon the Earth
And, as does the cycle of the Moon
ever begin to wax and wane and to grow forth again,
as do the seasons
from one to the next flow in smooth rhythm,
from sowing to reaping,
to seeming death and rebirth.....
so will my children know their own pattern in both worlds!
And you who seek to know Me,
know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not,
unless you know the Mystery:
for if that which you seek,
you find not within yourself,
you will never find it without.
I have been with you from the beginning,
and I am That which is attained at the end of desire.
I took my favorite parts from other versions of the charge and combined those into a new one.
May clarity grow within me
Open my eyes to life's many wonders
May I feel the pulse of all creation within me
Open my spirit to Awareness
Fill my heart with deeper Understanding
May my life be of service to Earth and the Goddess
Open my ears to the needs of those around me
Make my hands strong, sure, & gentle in your service
May I remember always, the Goddess works through me
Abby Willowroot © 1999
Thank you for your light
and your unconditional love.
Thank you for the gift of the feminine energy,
the gift of feeling and of intuition.
Thank you for your strenght,
always pouring out your love
no matter what.
Thank you for always being there.
Help me to open myself
to your compassion and tendernes.
Help me to bring it in to the places within me
and to be a channel for your healing.
With your help, may it be so.
Changed nothing in this one
Friday, July 15, 2011
and all who dwell therein
and everthing else in it.
At our entrance deign to bless and sanctify this house
and may the beings of Thy light, dweling within the walls of this house,
protect it and protect those who dwell therein.
Dear Lady, please bless and sanctify this house
and all who live here
and everything else in it.
Please bless and sanctify this house as we enter it
and may Your beings of light, who live within these walls,
protect it and protect all who live here.