Inspiration

Learning Who You Really Are

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You may encounter many defeats,
But you must not be defeated.
In fact, it may be necessary
To encounter the defeats,
So you can know who you are,
What you can rise from,
How you can still come out of it.

—Maya Angelou

 

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

Slow to Faith, Quick to Prayer

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My coming to faith
did not start with a leap
but rather a series of staggers
from what seemed like one safe
place to another.
Like lily pads, round and green,
these places summoned and then
held me up while I grew.
Each prepared me for the next leaf
on which I would land,
and in this way I moved across

the swamp of doubt and fear.

—Anne Lamott

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

Be Sure to Recognize the Lessons When They Come

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Suffering is our best teacher, because it hangs onto us and keeps

us in its grip until we have learnt that particular lesson. Only then
does suffering let go. If we haven’t learnt our lesson, we can be
quite sure that the same lesson is going to come again, because
life is nothing but an adult education class: if we don’t pass in any of
the subjects, we just have to sit the examination again. Whatever
lesson we have missed, we will get it again. That is why we find

ourselves reacting to similar situations in similar ways many times.

—Ayya Khema

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

Soar

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When you are in trouble, you need to put all your energies into
thinking that there is a way out. Then, the bottom, the dark hole,
becomes just a springboard from which you can leap so high that

your head might hit a cloud.

—Fatema Mernissi

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 Wisdom of Forgiving Others

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Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

—Marianne Williamson

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

Where the Path of Life Leads Us

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Laughter isn’t even the other side of tears.
It is tears turned inside out.
Truly the suffering is great, here on earth.
We blunder along, shredded by our mistakes,

bludgeoned by our faults.
Not having a clue where
the dark path leads us.
But on the whole,
we stumble along bravely,
don’t you think?

—Alice Walker

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 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, 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

May We Always Be Kind as an Example to Our Children

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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 the sixteen 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.
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.

—Buddhist Prayer

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

Our Children Are Our Future and Hold All Our Hopes

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O God! Educate these children.
These children are the plants of Thine orchard,
the flowers of Thy meadow,
the roses of Thy garden.
Let Thy rain fall upon them;
let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love.
Let Thy breeze refresh them in order
that they may be trained, grow, and develop,
and appear in the utmost beauty.
Thou art the Giver.
Thou art the Compassionate.

—Baha’i 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.

Inspiration

The Wisdom of Deep Listening

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Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait.
We do not try to hurry things up.

We let them follow their natural course—like the seasons.
We watch the moon in each of its phases.
We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth…
We wait on God, too.
His time is the right time.
We wait for him to make his Word clear to us.
We don’t worry.
We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri
(that deep listening and quiet stillness)
his way will be clear.

—Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, Aboriginal Artist & Teacher

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