Prayer for Sunday (Maghi)

Today is the Sikh holiday of Maghi.

There is no way to peace;
peace is the way.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

Prayer of Nonviolence

God of Nonviolence,

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace.
Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence
that I might be a faithful follower of the nonviolent Jesus.

Send the Holy Spirit of nonviolence upon me that I will love everyone,
from my neighbor to my enemies,
that I may see you in everyone, and know everyone as my sister and brother,
and never hurt or fear anyone again.

Make me an instrument of your peace,
that I might give my life in the struggle for justice and disarmament;
that I may work for the abolition of war, poverty and nuclear weapons;
that I may always respond with love and never retaliate with violence;
that I may accept suffering in the struggle of justice and never inflict suffering or death on others;
that I my live more simply, in solidarity with the world’s poor,
that I may defend the poor and resist systemic injustice and institutionalized violence,
that I may always choose life and resist the forces of death.

Guide me on the Way of nonviolence.
Help me to speak the truth of peace, to practice boundless compassion, to radiate unconditional love, to forgive everyone who ever hurt me, to embody your nonviolence, to walk with you in contemplative peace, to be your beloved servant and friend.

Disarm my heart, and I shall be your instrument to disarm other hearts and the world. Lead me, God of nonviolence, with the whole human family, into your nonviolent reign of justice and peace where there is no more war, no more injustice, no more poverty, no more nuclear weapons, no more violence.
I ask this in the name of the nonviolent Jesus, our brother and our peace.

Amen

(John Dear, June 2005)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday (Orthodox Christmas)

Today is Christmas in the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions.

Be here now.
~ Ram Dass, Be Here Now

I have no scruple of change, nor fear of death,
Nor was I ever born,
Nor had I parents.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I cause no misery, nor am I miserable;
I have no enemy, nor am I enemy.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I am without form, without limit,
Beyond space, beyond time,
I am in everything, everything is in me.
I am the bliss of the universe,
Everywhere am I.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I am without body or change of the body,
I am neither senses, nor object of the senses,
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That,

I am neither sin, nor virtue,
Nor temple, nor worship
Nor pilgrimage, nor books.
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute,
I am That, I am That.

(Ram Tirtha)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I release resentment and let it go. The past has no power over me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
~ A.A. Milne

Through the working of Great Compassion in their hearts,
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness,
May all be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness, which is sorrowless;
And may all live in equanimity, Without too much attachment and too much aversion; and live believing in the equality of all that lives. Namo Amida Buddha

(Buddhist prayer; Source: Past Forward)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive all past experiences.
I choose to live in the joyous now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday (Lailat al-Qatr)

Tonight is the Muslim holiday of Lailat al-Qatr, commemorating the revelation of the Qu’ran to the Prophet Mohammad.

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
~ Rumi

Toward the One,
The perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,
The Only Being,
United with all the Illuminated Souls Who form the embodiment of the Master,
The Spirit of Guidance.

(Invocation by Hazrat Inayat Khan)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive all past experiences.
I choose to live in the joyous now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
~ Buddha

May all sentient beings have the courage to look within themselves and see the good and bad that exists in all of us. May we open our hearts, shining the light of love into the dark recesses where doubt and fear reside. May we have the courage to step into that light and embrace whatever we find, letting it rise to the surface freed by the act of loving kindness.

(kuliLinei; Source: Beliefnet.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive all past experiences.
I choose to live in the joyous now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday

When you surrender to what is and so become fully present,
the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore.
Presence is the key. Now is the key.
~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your great mercy and Your great love. A love that manifests itself in the reality of every moment. May we seize each moment as an opportunity to experience Your presence, to have the eyes of our hearts opened so that we may see Your Will for us. Help us not get caught up in the things of this world. Let us lay down our attachments, our egos, the things of this world which we cling to, and simply open our hearts to You so that they may be filled with Your light and love. May everything we do, every seemingly mundane task, be a living prayer to You. May our lives be an expression of our devotion and love for You. Amen.

(adapted from a prayer at Ascending The Hills blog)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive all past experiences.
I choose to live in the joyous now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Sunday

Children have neither past nor future;
they enjoy the present,
which very few of us do.
~ Jean de la Bruyere

O My God,
When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my power to change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so what the past has embraced I must entrust to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater Glory.

(St. Faustina Kowalska)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive all past experiences.
I choose to live in the joyous now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)