“Only grieving can heal grief. The passage of time will lessen the acuteness, but time alone will not heal it. Only by experiencing that ocean of sadness in a naked and immediate way can we come to be healed and experience life with a real sense of presence and spaciousness and peace.” – Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies
Affirmative prayer: Today, I’m letting myself grieve, consciously being in the sadness. No resistance, no avoidance, no masking my grief with a brave smile. I welcome the gifts that this moment offers, finding resilience, wisdom, and a renewed sense of hope. I’m thankful for the healing, the soul recovery, and the lightness of being. Amen.
“You must not hide. Meditation, education, and the knowledge of God's green acre is of no value if you keep it to yourself. So come out, come out wherever you are. Leave deep footprints.” — Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves
Affirmative prayer: Today, I show my heart and face to the world, to my family, friends, my community. Through my presence, I share with others the very best that I know this life to be about. Love, communion, natural treasures, and the essence of the One are the blessings of this day. Amen.
“God wants us to help people and share our time, talents, and money. But I believe God wants us to give from a position of high self-esteem. Acts of kindness are not kind unless we feel good about ourselves, what we are doing, and the person we are doing it for.” – Melody Beattie, Codependent No More
Affirmative prayer: Today, I believe in the integrity of my self, knowing that I am made in the image of pure Spirit. From a reservoir of love and spiritual capital, I serve others. I give of myself and my resources, and believe in the goodness and promise of all. Amen.
“We transmit the presence of everyone we have ever known, as though by being in each other's presence we exchange our cells, pass on some of our life force, and then carry that person with us, not unlike when plants in fields we walk through attach their seeds to our clothing, as if to say ‘Take us with you, carry us to root in another place.’" – Joyce Rupp, Out of the Ordinary
Affirmative prayer: Today, I give thanks that I am not alone. To know that I am in the family of humans being in God's life. I am not just my brother’s and sister’s keeper. I am my brother and sister. How grand it is that traces of their challenges and their blessings adorn my life. I see the evidence of spiritual union everywhere: coast-to-coast, worldwide, and beyond. Amen.
“While taking care of your anger, you practice walking or breathing. Don't do anything else. Don't watch television, don't read a book. Just practice deep walking meditation, mindful breathing. Use one hundred percent of yourself in order to embrace your anger, exactly like you would take good care of a baby.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh, Anger
Affirmative prayer: Today, I dislodge the anger that’s taken up residence in my inner self and in my body. I move it into the light and give it my full attention. In meditation – sitting, walking, breathing – I skillfully, mindfully embrace my anger. Respectively, there is understanding, self-compassion, forgiveness, and resolution. In gratitude, I let it go, and am set free. Amen.
Gratitude is understanding that all of life has conspired to allow us to take one more breath of air. It's having the awareness that our incarnation as a living, participating human being is a privilege." - David Whyte, Consolations
Affirmative prayer: "Today, I'm grateful that the intricacies of life, the special avenues of the divine, are working together to bring about everyday miracles. I'm so thankful that the faces of pure love collaborate so beautifully to create the life that I honor and cherish. My gratitude and my calling are the same: the embrace of the divine, pure love. Amen.
Infinite mind involves a vivid sense of connectedness and unity with all life. It’s boundless in space and time and, by our instinct, we can tap into it. We sort information that comes to us in hunches, intuitions, and dreams. We don’t have to attend seminars to develop this ability. We merely have to be attentive. Our life becomes our lab.” – Larry Dossey, Reinventing Medicine
Affirmative prayer: Today, I trust my instinct. I listen to that inner voice and give credence to my hunches and intuitive flashes. Infinite mind is particularized as my mind, and the inexhaustible rush of brilliance, impressions, and inspiration flows through my conscious awareness. My consciousness is the inlet for cosmic imagination, and the outlet for inspired manifestations. Amen.
Before patriarchal times, Friday the 13th was the day of the Goddess, a day to worship the Divine Feminine that lives in us all, to celebrate beauty, wisdom, and nourishment of the soul. It’s a day to honor the cycles of creation, highlighted this year with the rise of a harvest moon. Today, we honor the wise, creative feminine in full light.
Affirmative prayer: Today, this Friday the 13th, lit up by a full moon, I see the good fortune of my illuminated life. Every bit of wisdom and passion and creativity that I am about is inspired by the divine feminine within. My life is bright, clear, and beautified. Thank you, dear God, for this bounty. Amen.
“Squandering our gifts brings distress to our lives. When we don't use our talents to cultivate meaningful work, we struggle. We feel disconnected and weighed down…” – Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
Affirmative prayer: Today, I give meaning to my endeavors, my work, my relationships by giving my all. I devote heart and talent to the callings of my life, and I am humbled and grateful that who I am and what I express advances the greater good. Amen.
“When the planes flew into the towers, our response was to escalate the matter, which is the tactic that most of us apply to aggression in our own life. We can, however, come from a vulnerable place. We can stand in the shoes of the aggressor and bring empathy, warmth, loving-kindness, and compassion into the equation.”
– Pema Chodron
Affirmative prayer: On this day of 9-11, I practice loving-kindness, bringing a compassionate, empathetic heart to those with whom I am at odds. I affirm that my first order of being is love, and that my sense of kinship extends to not only friends, but to the people who give me opportunities to grow, to lift my vibration, to forgive. Thank you, God, for every invitation to enlarge my heart, my life. Amen.