Inspiration

There Is a Sacred Happiness for Us All

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May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness
which is sorrowless;
And may all live in equanimity,
without too much attachment and too much aversion,
And live believing in the equality of all that lives.

—Buddhist 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.

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Inspiration

Arise in Radiance and Go Down in Joy

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The earth is full of your goodness,
your greatness and understanding,
your wisdom and harmony.
How wonderful are the lights that you created.
You formed them with strength and power
and they shine very wonderfully on the world,
magnificent in their splendor.
They arise in radiance and go down in joy.
Reverently they fulfill your divine will.
They are tributes to your name
as they exalt your sovereign rule in song.

—Ancient Hebrew Hymn, 516 BC

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, Uncategorized

Only Plowshares, No Swords

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Imagine a small state with a small population
Let there be labor-saving tools
that aren’t used
Let people consider death
and not move far
Let there be boats and carts
but no reason to ride them
Let there be armor and weapons
but no reason to employ them
Let people return to the use of knots
and be satisfied with their food
and pleased with their clothing
and content with their homes
and happy with their customs
Let there be another state so near
people hear its dogs and chickens
but live out their lives
without making a visit.
– Lao Tzu

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Practice Kindness Day and Night

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May we practice kindness day and night, forever,
not only towards friends, but also to strangers,
and especially to the enemy;
not only towards human beings,
but also to animals and other beings
who want happiness and don’t want to suffer.

May we constantly enjoy our lives by rejoicing.

May we constantly enjoy happiness
by rejoicing in all the positive things
that bring benefit to others and to ourselves.
And may we especially rejoice when we see
all the good things that happen to others.

May we develop patience to achieve
all happiness, temporal and ultimate,
and to bring that happiness to others;
not only to our family, but to all sentient beings.

May we develop all 16 human qualities,
an understanding which makes our lives different.

May we become skilled in not harming sentient beings,
and may we become only the source
of happiness for sentient beings, like sunshine.

May we practice contentment.

May we learn contentment and satisfaction,
an understanding which makes our lives different.

May we learn contentment and satisfaction.
May we learn to enjoy contentment,
which brings great freedom into our lives
and brings us so much happiness.
May we be an example to the world.

May we practice these good qualities and,
when somebody abuses or harms us,
may we immediately forgive them.
In daily life, when we make mistakes and harm others,
may we immediately ask forgiveness.

May we be able to develop courage,
to be an inspiring example
and to be of benefit in so many ways
for the happiness of others,
not only for ourselves.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Gratitude

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“Gratitude is the state of mind of thankfulness. As it is cultivated, we experience an increase in our “sympathetic joy,” our happiness at another’s happiness. Just as in the cultivation of compassion, we may feel the pain of others, so we may begin to feel their joy as well. And it doesn’t stop there.” – Stephen Levine

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This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.