Inspiration

For All Women through the Ages

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Spirit of the realm, God of many names, and one transforming and abundant love, we turn this month in our nation’s life to reflect on the stories, the heritage, and the struggles of women throughout the ages. We seek to learn from all those voices that have been left unheard. May we pause before the silences of the ages, find who has been left out, and craft new ways of inclusion for every week and every month. May this spiritual practice bring out the voices of all those struggling, all those left apart. May we let go of our assumptions and cold comforts [and] of what is the normal to live by, unless it be a standard that is rooted in compassion, in inclusivity, in diversity. May this month of reflection teach us to search for those stories that are different from our own. Mother of possibility, in the finding, may we come to know ourselves changed. Renewed where we are dry, hopeful where we are lost, and open where we are shut.

—Reverend Jude Geiger

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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What the World Needs Now: Quotes About Self Love

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“Be yourself and others will love you!”—Gina Rodriguez

“Do not compare yourself to others. You have a unique destiny and mission that only you can accomplish.”—Marianne Pearl

“You don’t have to be anything but yourself to be worthy .”—Tarana Burke

“You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.” — Diana Ross

“When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity.”  —Kerry Washington

“Every day is a great day to feel good about yourself. Feeling good makes you look good — that’s my motto.” —Katie Meade

“Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.”   —Helen Keller

“You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.”  —Lupita Nyong’o

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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Toward an Enlightened Mind

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Om Mani Padme Hum

Tibetan pronunciation—Om Mani Pémé Hung

I invoke the transformation and purification of the six

negative emotions of pride, jealousy, desire,
ignorance, greed, and anger
into their true nature, enlightened

mind.

—Mantra of Compassion, Avalokiteshvar

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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Learning the Art of Forgiveness

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Our Father, Holy Mother,
Creator of the Cosmos, Source of Life,
You are in my mind, in my garden,
in my cup of wine and loaf of bread.
Blessed be your names:
Mother, Allah, Goddess, Beloved, Father,
Radiant One, Yahweh, HaShem, Sophia
Your presence has come, your will is done

on earth as it is in the cosmos.

May we give each other strength, mercy,

tenderness, and joy
and forgive each other’s failures,
silence, pettiness, and forgetfulness
as we ask to be forgiven

by those we’ve hurt.

Lead us home

to ourselves, to You,
to clarity, to oneness
and deliver us from the darkness

of our ignorance and fear.

So we pray and so we receive. Amen.

—Jan Phillip

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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Ancient Wisdom of Women

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Our old women gods, we ask you!
Our old women gods, we ask you!
Then give us long life together,
May we live until our frosted hair is white;
May we live till then.
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On Earth as It Is in Heaven

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Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.
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Maiden Mother Crone

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Hold thy shield over us, protect us all.

Danu beloved! Mother of the Shining Ones,
Shield, oh shield us, Lady of nobleness,
And Brigit the beauteous, shepherdess of the flocks,
Safeguard thou our animals, encircle us together,
Safeguard thou our animals, encircle us together.
And Ellen, beneficent, benign,
Governess of the trackways of power,
Invoke the star of power upon the path,
Guide thou well ourselves, shield our procession,
Guide thou well ourselves, shield our procession.
O Mother! O Maiden! O Crone of Wisdom!
Be the Triad with us day and night,
On the machair plain or on the mountain ridge,
Be the Triad with us and her cloak around us,

Be the Triad with us and her cloak around us.

—Ancient Celtic Oral Tradition

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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Truth, Life, and Love

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Thy kingdom come.
Let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love
be established in me, and
rule out of me all sin;
and may Thy Word enrich
the affections of all mankind,

and govern them!

—Mary Baker Eddy

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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Believe in the Human Spirit

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We pray for an end to cruelty,
whether to humans or other animals,
for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms.
We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving
and the strength we gain in loving;
that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life;
that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;
that we may learn to rejoice in our being.
We pray for these things with humility;
We pray because of the hope that is within us,
and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation,
and because of our trust in God.