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.

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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.

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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.

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A Prayer for Women Leaders Around the World

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Praise to you, women leaders of the seven continents,
for your many works of justice.
Praise to you, women leaders of Asia,
for confronting trafficking of women.
Praise to you, women leaders of Africa,
for raising your voices to stop AIDS.
Praise to you, women leaders of Europe,
for your peacekeeping. Praise to you, women leaders of North America,
for confronting economic inequities and racism.
Praise to you, women leaders of South America,
for struggling against US domination of your land.
Praise to you, women leaders in Antarctica,
for your scientific research.
Praise to you, women leaders of Australia,
for supporting indigenous cultures.

—Diann Neu

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

Prayer Practice: Meditation

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Meditation is one of the most universal spiritual practices, and some form of it is used in almost every religion worldwide. It has been proven to stabilize your mood, ease pain, and even make women smarter. While some forms of meditation are more strict, even the simplest forms of meditation can help you become more connected to yourself and your spirituality. Taking a moment to contemplate in silence, pray, or let your mind go blank in a quiet space or using objects that hold personal significance can help you reach a deeper understanding of yourself or assist you through difficulties. Meditation is a very versatile tactic that can be combined with many other practices to make your prayer more meaningful.

 

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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O Mother of the World

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that
anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins,
my Mother.
To you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy,
hear and answer me.
Amen

—Memorare, Roman Catholic 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

Women Can Do Anything

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Men never fail to dwell on maternity as a disqualification for the possession of many civil and political rights. Suggest the idea of women having a voice in making laws and administering the government in the halls of legislation, in Congress, or [in] the British Parliament, and men will declaim at once on the disabilities of maternity in a sneering contemptuous way, as if the office of motherhood was undignified and did not comport with the highest public offices in church and state. It is vain that we point them to Queen Victoria, who has carefully reared a large family, while considering and signing [laws]…

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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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A Prayer for Women’s Equality

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By a woman and a tree the world first perished;
I wish, O Son of the living God,
eternal, ancient King,
for reconciliation between the sexes
that I might answer your calling.
I pray, O Son of the living God, eternal, ancient King,
for—
I wish—
that—
Mother, Child,
Goose of the Wild,
Keep me from despair,
Hear my prayer.
I pray, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for compassion in men’s hearts
that they could view women as clean.
I strive, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
For a new paradigm, not princess or b*tch,
that views women as strong and not mean.
I hope, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for society to know women have worth

after their children are weaned,
or at least after the age of eighteen.
I long, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for rest within the body that is me,
that I may be serene.

—Kate Rae Davis

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

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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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.