Inspiration

Let Us Exult in the Sheer Delight of Being Alive

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What, you ask, is the beginning of it all?
And it is this…
Existence that multiplied itself for sheer delight of being
and plunged into numberless trillions of forms

so that it might find itself innumerably.

—Sri


This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.
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Inspiration

We Are All Born Good, We Are All Born Different

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Ren zhi chu
Xing ben shan
Xing xiang jin
Xi xiang yuan
Gou bu jiao
Xing nai qian
Jiao zhi dao
Gui yi zhuan

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When a child is born,
at the root, it is good.
Everyone’s nature is the same
but everyone experiences different things.
If there is no Way,
we will move away from our nature.
The teaching of the Way
is valuable because it is particular to each [woman and] man.

—Thirteenth Century Southern Chinese Poem

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Answers to Heal Our Deepest Wounds

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Within ourselves, there are voices
that provide us with all the answers
that we need to heal our deepest wounds,
to transcend our limitations,
to overcome our obstacles or challenges,
and to see where our soul is longing to go.

—Debbie Ford

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

When Times Are Hard

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Children, everybody, here’s what to do during war:
In a time of destruction, create something.
A poem.
A parade.
A community.
A school.
A vow.
A moral principle.
One peaceful moment.

—Maxine Hong Kingston

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Find Courage and Comfort in the Everyday

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Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red-wing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists
and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.
Make soup.
Play music, memorize the words for thank you in three languages.

—Judyth Hill

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Stand in Your Own Power

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 I stand in my own power now,
the questions of permission that I used to choke on
for my every meal now dead in a fallen heap,
and when they tell me that I will fall, I nod.
I will fall, I reply,
and my words are a whisper my words are a howl
I will fall, I say, and the tumbling will be all my own.
The skinned palms and oozing knees are holy wounds,
stigmata of my She.
I will catch my own spilled blood,
and not a drop will be wasted.

—Beth Morey

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

A Life of Service Is a Holy Life

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Make us worthy, Lord,
to serve our fellow men throughout the world
who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.

—Mother Teresa

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Living in the Heart of God

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God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking,
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping,
God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.
God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

—Ancient Celtic Oral Blessing

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.