Inspiration

Universal World Entreaty

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Beloved, Inmost Heart of every heart,
do not Let our human hearts be broken
by our merely mortal suffering here—
but Make our mortal human hearts break Free
to an unconditional love of You,
that we may Thus love all living beings
with Love’s own True, and Truly broken, Heart.

—Ruchira Avatar

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

Love and Friendship toward All Beings

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O Lord! Make myself such that I may have love for all beings,
Joy in the meritorious, unstinted sympathy for the distressed,
And tolerance towards the perversely inclined.

O Lord! May my soul always find fulfillment, in friendship and
love towards all beings,
In all the virtuous, in compassion toward all suffering creatures,
And in remaining neutral towards those hostile to me.
This is my prayer.

—Ancient Jain 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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Share A Book With A Friend!

Have you ever had a friend give you a book out of the blue? I have, and it’s a feeling I can’t wait to share with my loved ones.

The key here is to focus on what they’ll appreciate–not what you’ve read recently and loved. For example, my friend recently told me that she wanted to cook more meals at home instead of eating out so often, but she didn’t have a lot of time. So, I got her a cookbook full of one-pot meals and slow cooker recipes. Even though this isn’t something I’d ever buy for myself, I’ve found myself enjoying some delicious soups and stews that she discovered from the book! Sharing these meals together has made for some truly high quality time.

You don’t have to buy a new book for your friend, though. If you have a book on your own shelf that you’re sure they’d love, you could give them that! Sometimes, sharing something as personal as one of your own books means more than the book itself.

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Each One, Teach One

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Worldwide, adult literacy can greatly contribute to a lower quality of life. That’s why organizations like ProLiteracy exist.

Laubach Literacy International began in 1930, when Dr. Frank C. Laubach was a missionary among the Maranao people of the Philippines. His concern about their poor living conditions led him to conclude that the ability to read and write was essential for them to begin to solve their problems. As the Maranaos learned to read, they would, in turn, teach other adults on a one-to-one basis that became known as “Each One, Teach One.” From 1935 to 1967, Dr. Laubach visited 105 countries answering calls for literacy help and created reading lessons in 315 languages.

In 2002, Laubach Literacy International merged with another of the world’s oldest and largest adult literacy organizations, Literacy Volunteers of America, to create ProLiteracy. Learn more about ProLiteracy and how you can contribute at https://www.proliteracy.org/About-Us/Mission-History!

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Your Gifts to the World

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May I be protector for those without one,
A guide for all travelers on the way;
May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship
For all who wish to cross (the water).

May I be an island for those who seek one
And a lamp for those desiring light,
May I be a bed for all who wish to rest
And a slave for all who want a slave.

May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase,
Powerful mantras and great medicine,
May I become a wish‐fulfilling tree
And a cow of plenty for the world.

And the great elements such as earth,
May I always support the life
Of all the boundless creatures.

And until they pass away from pain
May I also be the source of life
For all the realms of varied beings
That reach unto the ends of space.

Shantideva, India 760 AD

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