May gentleness rule this day,
and let worries melt away to a place
far away from me.
May in their place, be a space for peace
that comes home to stay
within my mind, heart, and body.
May your love and guidance
guide me today to remember
what is most important:
Joy in the little things,
And most of all
Thank you for this beautiful new day. I am rested and feel strong. I know that with faith there is no mountain that I can not climb.
I choose to see the strength, beauty, and wholeness in all living things today.
Thank you for my life.
Thank you for your love.
Some of our more popular posts here at The warm Milk Journal are the prayers and meditations. Recently, I have received requests for more prayers. This site is not a “religious” site. Although I was raised Jewish, my spiritual beliefs are a bit more eclectic these days. I do believe there are many different paths to peace, love, and connection with the Divine and each other.
No matter your faith or religious background, prayer and meditation can play an important role in living a balanced life and sleeping more restfully at night (the mission of The warm Milk Journal). With that goal in mind, I will publish these spiritually oriented posts on a regular basis. Please know they are only to inspire and nurture you. They are not intended to promote a particular faith or religion.
Gentle Nudging…. a prayer for this morning.
Please nudge me gently today.
I need some loving guidance to:
Be easy on myself-
Do what I can with this day but then
give myself permission to let the rest go by evening.
Please send love to our community leaders
and the children-
We need love and support more than ever right now.
Please help to see that I Am more than what I do during my work day,
that life is precious just as it is-
no matter what circumstances are actually occuring.
I thank you in advance.
It’s the time of year when we can all get stessed with our busy to do lists. The holidays don’t have to be stressful. Here are some ideas to destress and get some busy-ness
out of the business of living a well balanced life this holiday season.
I am stopping here for this post is going to be simple. A long list of ideas would be too busy.
Debra : )
A few months ago we talked about keeping a prayer journal. Part of taking care of ourselves is nurturing our spiritual lives. If your days are as filled as mine are it would probably do you some good to take a deep breath and think of all the goodness there is in your life.
Life is good.
My prayer for this evening:
Thank you for this day. I pray I did some good work today. Perhaps some second graders I am entrusted with during the school day are enriched or inspired in some way because of this day we shared together.
Thank you for all of the love in my life. I am truly blessed. Thank you for the good food that my fiance is cooking for us downstairs as I write this. I know its nourishment will be good for my tired body.
Thank you for reminding me that although life is not always perfect or how I think I want it to be there truly is nothing better going than this very moment.
So God, on this evening, I want to thank you for my day and my life.
Baruch Ata Adonai, Thank you God!
Now Dear Warm Milk Journal Readers, it is your turn. Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs may be, I invite you to write or think a prayer for the end of this day. The divine light is in all of us.
Have a very blessed evening.
Debra : )
A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
Gold doesn’t vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
Must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?
~ Mechthild of Magdeberg (1210-1297) from The Enlightened Heart, Edited by Stephen Mitchell
You are searching the world for treasure
but the real treasure is yourself
If you are tempted by bread
you will find only bread
What you seek for
~ Rumi, from Rumi Hidden Magic , translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin
The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness. I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world.
~ A Course in Miracles, Foundation For Inner Peace
Debra : )
Love is everywhere if you love unconditionally yourself. Be on the look out for love for it is there!
In peace and love,
Debra : )
To have sweet dreams tonight and most nights:
Debra : )
This morning I wrote a post about making time to develop our spiritual practice: to be silent and connect with our higher power. We can do this through reading inspirational material, taking walks in nature, meditation, yoga, and writing in our journals.
The end of the day before bedtime is a good time to get quiet and connect with the Divine. You may close your eyes and just meditate on peace and God’s love. You may think the word “peace” or “God loves me” repeatedly. You may also write in your journal a prayer before you go to sleep.
My prayer for tonight would read something like this:
Thank you for today. It was a beautiful day. I am thankful for my lunch I had with an old friend, my time to write and contemplate, the time I had to read, and the martial arts class I enjoyed tonight. Thank you for my healthy body, the good food I ate, and my loving partner, John.
This was a blessed day and now I look forward to a restful night of peaceful sleep. May this sleep renew my body and spirit so that I may awaken to do wonderful things with the new day in store for me tomorrow.
Thank you again, God. I am so thankful for all of my blessings. Life is so rich.
Your turn…. good night.
Debra : )
Feeling stressed? Anxious? Harried? Don’t have a clear focus or purpose for your life? Relationships and work not as fulfilling as perhaps they could be? Feeling fear? Worry? Anger? Resentment?
A wonderful practice to cultivate is to build times into your day where you get quiet and still. Invite spirit in and connect to the higher power that is available within all of us. I am not advocating practicing any particular religion here. I grew up within the Reformed Judaism faith but I have been inspired by Unitarian Universalism, Religious Science, Unity, Christianity, Buddhism, among others.
In other words, my spiritual practice is a bit eclectic. I would say that when I write about anything to do with God or spirituality here at The Warm Milk Journal, please know I mean whatever has relevance and spiritual meaning for you. Some of us do not practice or participate in an organized religion in any way and that is okay.
That said, I do believe we benefit from tapping into that special power that is within all of us and connects us all in some way. Taking quiet walks in nature, meditating, reading something spiritual, and writing in our journals are effective ways to connect to God, or the Divine, the universe (or whatever you want to call it).
It is amazing when I take the time for my spiritual practice how renewed I feel. It helps me to be peaceful, feel the love within myself, and be a healthier more balanced person. I have my wonderful little spiritual daily guides I enjoy for a quick dose of inspiration. I also have many beloved books that I return to again and again.
One such book is Illuminata, A Return to Prayer, by Marianne Williamson. There are many wonderful prayers you can read for this book for all kinds of occasions or times of the day. Ms. Williamson suggest our keeping a “prayer journal”. In the morning or evening (or anytime of day really) we can write a prayer in our journal. There is something powerful about writing something down on paper. Writing to God or writing a prayer and blessing down is a very healing practiee. Ms. Williamson gives us a few prayers for the morning, for instance, that you can read and are quite beautiful. But it is easy to come up with one of your own.
I did this in my journal this morning. It was not a long entry. I essentially thanked God for this new day, a fresh new beginning. I prayed that whatever I choose to do with my day here that it would please God and be a blessing to myself and others. That led me to reflect on the opportunity of this day and the good I intend to do. I do plan on reconnecting with an old friend today for lunch. I plan on sending a gift to my mom whose birthday is coming up. I plan on taking a bike ride to the beach in a little while. I am considering buying a few plants and a bird feeder to turn our back patio into a small oasis for wildlife. I plan on going to my martial arts class tonight and doing my best. And I was inspired this morning, to write and reach out to you, dear Warm Milk Journal reader.
Many of you are already writing in a journal. Play with this idea of a prayer journal and just see what happens. If we are gentle and good to ourselves we will give ourselves these precious little breaks in our busy day: time to reflect, time to go within and tap into God’s love. If we focus on the good and the Divine light, the darkness will disappear.
Debra : )