"Oh me, oh life! Of the questions recurring, the struggle renewed. Of the empty years, with me intertwined. The question: what good am I? Answer: That you are here. That life exists. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Affirmative prayer: Today, I contribute to the call and meaning of life, for both my share of it, and for the well-being of my family, friends, and community. I show up by staying prayed up, by being attentive, sincere, and authentic, and by turning my energy and endeavors to the greater good of others.
“Three religious leaders were standing at the altar, demonstrating their great humility by saying that, before God, they were nothing. Shortly, a low acolyte of the church approached and started confessing that he, too, was nothing. When the three bishops heard him, one elbowed the other and said, ‘Look who thinks he's nothing!’"
– Douglas Abram, The Book of Joy
Affirmative prayer: Today, I am nothing if not one with all that is! I release the illusion of separateness and harmonize with the infinite expressions of Spirit’s brilliance. I am, we are, a point of light in the mind of God, a point of love in the heart of God.”
“Once you create a self-justifying story line, your emotional entrapment within it quadruples!” – Pema Chodron
Affirmative prayer: Today, I own the truth of who I am: an expression of pure Spirit. The Divine wrote my story line before I was born and cast me in its great production of a wondrous life made real. I take part in this narrative with everyone, for we are all made in the image and likeness of God. It’s an all-star cast.
A reporter who was interviewing Oakland Raiders football quarterback Ken Stabler recited a passage by Jack London: "I’d rather be ashes than dust, that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy planet. We are to live, not merely exist." The reporter then asked, Stabler, "What does that mean to you, Kenny?" Stabler paused for a moment, then replied, "Throw deep!"
Affirmative prayer: Today, I throw my level best nto my relationships and pursuits. I advance a project that’s been hovering. I forgive someone. I drop one judgment. I align with divine order and go deep into the abundance of life.
A shoemaker was observed late one night working by the light of a single candle. When asked why he was working so late, he replied, “As long as the candle is still burning it is still possible to mend shoes.” Truth for us all. It’s never too late to mend, to make new again.
Affirmative prayer Today, the beginning of the Jewish new year, I am thankful for the teaching that the spark of divine energy is never extinguished, to know that my measure of Sacred life is replenished moment by moment. I can mend, purify, and create anew, always. Amen.
In 1849, revolutionary Fyodor Dostoyevsky was imprisoned in St. Petersburg, standing in front of a firing squad. At the last instant, his execution was stayed, and a sentence of hard labor imposed. Back in his cell, Dostoyevsky was overcome with joy. "Life is a gift. Never has there seethed in me such an abundant and healthy kind of spiritual life. I am born again in new form. Every minute is an eternity of happiness.”
Affirmative prayer: Today, I see through the comings and goings of my everydayness and behold life as a gift. All about me is the evidence of Divine Presence loving Itself. Beauty, kindness, and hopefulness are everywhere, awaiting my recognition. Thank you, God, for these signs of pure love. Amen.
“On the surface of our lives most of us build a hard shell to cover fear and insecurity, and win approval and success. But when you get down to the core of yourself, you find a different, more primeval country, and in it a deep yearning to care and connect.” – David Brooks, The Second Mountain
Affirmative prayer: Today, I go deeper in my livingness, spending time in the dimension of my being that is universal, embracing, and generous. In stillness, in motion, in reflection, I feel my union with Infinite Presence and I am content, unrestrained, and forever grateful. Amen.
Clifford Lett, a Chicago Bulls player for one year, played only one minute in a game in 1990 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game in which Michael Jordan scored 69 points. Clifford scored 2 points and, after the game, said, “I'll never forget the night that Michael Jordan and I combined for 71 points!”
Affirmative prayer: Today, I’m tapping into the brilliance, energy, and triumphant spirit all around me, and fusing it into my aspirations and endeavors. I am uniting with the creative Source of life to do good work, achieve something meaningful, and bring joy to others. Life is good! Amen.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
Affirmative prayer: Today, I draw strength from the love that others have for me, and I am thankful for the courage that my love for others awakens in me. I’m blessed to know that as I love, I am loved. As I reach out, I am embraced. As I give, I receive. Amen.
“A commitment is making a promise to something without expecting a reward. It’s falling in love with something and then building a structure of behavior around it for those moments when love falters.” – David Brooks, The Second Mountain
Affirmative prayer: Today, I give myself completely to that which is calling me. This is true commitment territory. This promise is made sacred by selflessness, authenticated by action, and fulfilled by an inspired design for living. Amen.