Inspiration

Giving Thanks for All We Are Given

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We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.

We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.

—American Indian, Iroquois

 

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

Riding the Karmic Wave

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There are the waves
and there is the wind,
seen and unseen forces.
Everyone has these same elements
in their lives, the seen and unseen:
karma and free will.

The question is,
‘how are you going to handle what you have?’
You are riding the karmic wave
underneath and the wind can shift.
Everyone must take what they see
and deal with that which is unseen.

—Kuan Yin

 

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

The Buddha’s Guide to Happiness

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When Buddha spoke about suffering,
he meant that we have unsatisfactory experiences.
Even the happiness we have does not last forever,
and that situation is unsatisfactory.
The causes of our problems lie not
in the external environment and those inhabiting it,
but in our own mind.
The disturbing attitudes and negative emotions,
such as clinging attachment, anger, and ignorance,

are the real source of our unhappiness.

—Thubten Chodron

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

We Can All Live in Total Harmony

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I am releasing
everything that is not in harmony with
the Divine Light & Sound pattern of my Being,
& everything that is not in harmony with
the Divine Light & Sound pattern
of my Being is releasing me.
I am attracting
everything that is in harmony with
the Diving Light & Sound pattern of my Being,

& everything that is in harmony with
the Divine Light & Sound pattern
of my Being is attracting me.

—True Alisandre

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

Cover Our Earth with Flowers

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Cover my earth mother four times with many flowers.
Let the heavens be covered with the banked-up clouds.
Let the earth be covered with fog;
cover the earth with rains.
Great waters, rains, cover the earth.

Lightning cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard over the earth;
let thunder be heard;
Let thunder be heard over the six regions of the earth.

—Native American Chant

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

May This Beautiful World Never End

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םלועל רמגי אלש ,ילא ,ילא
םיהו לוחה
םימה לש שורשר
םימשה קרב
םדאה תליפת

My God, My God, I pray that these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The rustle of the waters,

Lightning of the Heavens,
The prayer of Man.

—Hannah Szenes (a.k.a. Hannah Senesh), World War II Resistance hero

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

May Peace Be With Us Always

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Praise ye, Ngai… Peace be with us.

Say that the elders may have wisdom and speak with one voice.
Peace be with us.

Say that the country may have tranquility.
Peace be with us.

And the people may continue to increase.
Peace be with us.

Say that the people and the flock and the herds
May prosper and be free from illness.
Peace be with us.

Say that the fields may bear much fruit
And the land may continue to be fertile.
Peace be with us.

May peace reign over earth,
May the gourd cup agree with [the] vessel.
Peace be with us.

May their heads agree and every ill word be driven out
Into the wilderness, into the virgin forest.

Praise ye, Ngai… Peace be with us.

—Kikuyu, Kenyan Chant

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

May We Walk Where the Grass Is Green

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Oh our Mother the Earth,
Oh our Father the Sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts that you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness. May the warp be the bright light of morning; May the fringes be the falling rain;
May the borders be the standing rainbow. Thus weave for us a garment of brightness, that we may walk fittingly where birds sing; That we may walk fittingly where grass is green.
Oh our Mother the Earth, oh our Father the Sky.

—Tewa Tribal Song

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

Water is Life

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We travel your powerful currents

to meet our relations.
We flood our rice fields.
We bathe our children.
We cleanse the dead.
We baptize, we purify, we do ablutions,
We immerse in the mikvah.
We heal with you—Holy Water.
We remember to protect you.
We remember to protect you.
We remember to protect you.
Inspiration

Cover Our Earth With Flowers

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Cover my earth mother four times with many flowers.
Let the heavens be covered with the banked-up clouds.
Let the earth be covered with fog;
cover the earth with rains.
Great waters, rains, cover the earth.
Lightning cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard over the earth;
let thunder be heard;

Let thunder be heard over the six regions of the earth.

—Native American Chant

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