When I was a child we learned a prayer that we sang, giving thanks to God. It went something like this:
Baruch atah Adonai, Thank you God!
Thank you for my mommy, thank you for my dad-
Thank you for my……
I can hear the tune in my head but I don’t remember the rest of the words. Essentially, we sang a list of things that we were thankful for. We sang about the blessings in our life. We acknowledged and thanked God for them.
My childhood religion happened to be Reformed Judaism. I am sure that no matter what religious background you were brought up in, you may remember something from your childhood too? A bedtime prayer perhaps? Giving thanks at the dinner table?
The practice of gratitude is so important and powerful. I believe life just works better when we come from a place of thanks and we are mindful of our blessings. Life is so rich! Let’s be thankful for each day.
I encourage us today during our quiet reflective times to express a prayer of thanks to God, the Universe, or whatever spiritually works for you. In your journals, you can write down a list of things you are thankful for. You can think of them during a meditation or while taking a walk. You can sing them to a tune like I did as a child.
The feeling of gratitude can show up in the way you go about your day today: your stride, how much you smile at others, how kind you are to other drivers on the highway etc.
I feel so blessed and thankful for many things on this morning.
Baruch Atah Adonai, Thank You God!
Debra : )
From Rumi Hidden Music:
Do not worry if our harp breaks
thousands more will appear.
We have fallen in the arms of love where all is music.
If all the harps in the world were burned down,
still inside the heart
there will be hidden music playing.
Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die
we have the spark that starts the fire.
The songs we sing
are like foam on the surface of the sea of being
while the precious gems lie deep beneath.
But the tenderness in our songs
is a reflection of what is hidden in the depths.
Stop the flow of your words,
open the window of your heart and
let the spirit speak.
Someday, after we have mastered
the winds, the waves, the tide
and gravity, we shall harness for God
the energies of love.
Then, for the second time in history
of the world, man will have discovered fire.
-Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881-1955) from Wisdom of the Ages by Wayne Dyer
Love is a verb
As you prepare for sleep tonight enjoy these verses and perhaps meditate on :
Good night. Namaste.
The Gift of Peace
Far above the earth he soars,
circling the clear sky,
flying over forests dim,
peering in shadows,
seeking far and wide his children,
to give them peace.
Nancy Van Laan, from In a Circle Long Ago
Upon a June Day the grass said to the shadow of an elm tree, “You move to right and left over-often,
and you disturb my peace.”
And the shadow answered and said, “Not I, not I. Look skyward. There is a tree that moves in the wind to the east
and to the west between the sun and the earth.”
And the grass looked up, and for the first time beheld the tree. And it said in its heart,
“Why, behold, there is a larger grass than myself.”
And the grass was silent.
-Kahlil Gibran, from The Wanderer
Both passages found in the Book Of Love A Treasury By The Greatest Of Virtues
Edited, with commentary, by Andrew M. Greeley and Mary G. Durkin
Famous advice, (author unknown): “At night, I give up all my worries and fears to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.”
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking bout you and watching everything that concerns you.
1 Peter 5:7 TLB (from believe you can the power of a positive attitude by John Mason)
From: Marianne Williamson’s Illuminata
Please make me a force for Good.
Remove from my awareness all thoughts that
keep me bound here.
Every goal I surrender to You.
All agendas I surrender to You.
All I have and all I am I give to You.
I ask only to be carried in your arms that I
might know the joy of full surrender.
May I not be tempted to think meaning-
less things and give them weight and suffer
Please send Your spirit to lift me up, above the
pain and turmoil of this world.
Please give me new youth, and a free and joyful
Show me the happiness of full forgiveness.
Whomever I do not forgive, dear Lord, please
show me how, for I wish to be free of the
guilt of this world.
Please make me happy.
I am ready to outgrow my childish pain.
I feel such pain, anxiety and depression.
I know this is not Your will for me, and yet my
mind is held in chains by fear and paranoia.
I surender my life, right now, to You.
Take the entire mess, all of it, now too complicated
to explain to anyone but known by You
in each detail.
Do what I cannot do.
Lift me up.
Give me a new chance.
Show me a new light.
Make me a new person.
This depression frightens me.
Please bring me peace.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for he grants sleep to those he loves” psalm 127:2
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, o lord, make me dwell in safety” psalm 4:8
(found in comments on http://www.selfhelpmagazine.com/article/insomnia)