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“Our inner attitudes change the outer world.”

Equanimity Prayer

Equa·nim·i·ty
Pronunciation: \ˌē-kwə-ˈni-mə-tē, ˌe-kwə-\
Etymology: Latin aequanimitas, from aequo animo with even mind

1 : evenness of mind especially under stress
2 : right disposition :balance

Equanimity is the unattached awareness of one’s experience as a result of perceiving the impermanence of momentary reality. It is a peace of mind and abiding calmess that cannot be shaken by any grade of either fortunate or unfortunate circumstance.

O Heavenly Father, Master of Light, Giver of all Gifts and Broker of all Burdens, please forgive us our transgressions of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and lend us your ear for our humble convocation.

Father, we thank you for all that you give–our families, food, health, shelter, safety, and friends.

Father, please forgive us if we forget your sacrifices for us, if we forget the poor and suffering in the world, if we lose our gratitude.

Father, please forgive us in our weakness.  We are creatures of selfishness.  We get lost in ourselves and our desires and we lose our conscious contact with you.  We let small everyday burdens overwhelm.  We forget that you place these burdens in our lives as opportunities for growth–as pathways to inner strength through our relationship with you.

Father  as I pass through this day ahead, I pray that I may have equanimity in my affairs, that I may approach the good and the bad with an even keel.  And that with the help of your grace, I may remain balanced in the moment with serenity.

                                                                                                                                                 Of you we humbly pray,

                                                                                                                                                                                     AMEN

Hectic day?  Unexpected problems?  Headache?  Irritated with a coworker?  Aggravated with something you have absolutely no control over?

Think about that, you have no control over it.  You can only control your reaction to the trying circumstance.  With that in mind, try this quick invocation for a little serenity.

It’s based on Psalm 46:10.  Go through it slowly and be sure to breathe deeply and pause for reflection.

Be still, and know that I am God.

Be still, and know that I am.

Be still, and know.

Be still.

Be.

O Heavenly Father, Master of Light,

Father, please lend me your ear so that I may beg forgiveness for my transgressions of yesterday and the doubtless mistakes I will commit today.

Father, I come to you in humility for the gifts You bestow upon me.  Thank you for humbling me with benevolent pain and suffering.  Thank you for leveling my ego and placing me in darkness.  Without the Dark Night of the Soul, I was unable to open my eyes to your light and embrace the grace of your luxurious mystery.

Father, thank you for affording me the patience to pause and notice when I am restless, irritable, and discontent–for from this state I know to seek conscious contact with You and the serenity your grace provides.

Father, thank you for chastising me.  It has allowed me to finally find purpose and meaning in life through You.

I am enraptured with joy as I walk the blind path of faith.

AMEN

Awakening Prayer

O Heavenly Father, Master of Light, Taproot of Inspiration,

Please forgive me for my transgressions of yesterday and the doubtless mistakes I will commit today.

As I consider my plans for the twenty-four hours ahead, please direct my thinking and divorce it from self-pity, dishonest and self-seeking motives.

Father, when I face indecision today, please bless me with your grace so that I may remain in conscious contact with your will.  Let me relax and not struggle.  Let me remove the shackles of self and be humbly inspired to ceaselessly do your bidding.

Father, if due to my everpresent weakness, I become uninspired, agitated, and doubtful, please help me to pause and remember that only you are in control. Let me humbly repeat many times throughout the day “Thy will, not mine, be done.”

AMEN

(Inspired by pages 86-88, of the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous.)

(If you are Christian, Luke 6:46-49 can be read in companion for inspiration.)

O Higher Power, Master of Light, Fountain of All Living Waters,

Humbly we ask You to lend us your ear so that we may be forgiven.  Please forgive us our transgressions of yesterday and the doubtless mistakes we will commit today.

Lord, please help guide us and give us the strength and resolve to dig deep into ourselves–dig with weary, body, mind, and spirit–until we hit the bedrock of the soul.

Lord, please instruct us so that we may lay a pure and sound foundation in your ways of honesty, faith, humility, and love.

Lord, please help us to remain willing to continue to dig and maintain that strong foundation of conscious contact with You.

Lord, we will rejoice in the exhaustion of our toil–it is a small sacrifice and we know we will rest gently after expending ourselves searching for heightened communion with You.

Lord, we beg that You will renew us to carry forth your grace to our brothers and sisters who are still, without foundation, adrift on seas of darkness.

Please give us your providence so that when the storms brew, and the inevitable floods of life follow, our foundation in You will remain strong–that your living waters shall part around us and we shall remain safe and dry in the grace of your Spirit.

Lord, please remain with us in each moment today.  Let us hear You in the babbling brook and see your reflection in the sunlight dancing on the rippled water.

As night sits on the day, please let us be at peace so that we may meditate and pray to You, unobstructed, with the full current of an open channel.

O Lord, let us rest soundly until the morrow, when we will wake and beg your forgiveness again.

Of You we humbly pray, AMEN

Prayers of Acceptance

I received a couple of prayer requests from a friend who is a bit overwhelmed with life currently.  I took a stab at a couple of hopefully helpful prayers.  Maybe some of you can take something from them as well.

Prayer request:  “I want to say it when I start doing chess moves in my head. I figure something short and sweet and repeatable that will, at the very least, give me something to repeat to help push the bull out of my head. Let’s call it the Chess Move Prayer.”

“Chess Move Prayer”

O Higher Power, Master of Light,

Please guide me to be an instrument of your will.  Help me remain open, without confliction, in conscious contact.  Help me remember that I cannot change the past or control the future.  All I have is the present.  Please let me be here fully now.  Amen.

Prayer request: “I don’t know what to call this, maybe the Quit Moping and Try to Have Fun With It Prayer. You get your truck stuck in the mud, and, instead of pissing and moaning, you grab a shovel, jump down, and start digging and grinning. Let’s call it the Digging and Grinning Prayer. Something to help me make myself see the fun and joy and the opportunities for work and growth that life presents one when one might otherwise feel sorry for oneself or worry. Maybe with a little of bit of this spirit: ‘I’m not only going to beat this, but I’m going to enjoy doing it.’”

“Digging and Grinning Prayer”

O Higher Power, Master of Light,

Please help me remember that life unfolds outside of my control.  Help me remember to accept life as it is.  Let me internalize that serenity is a result of acceptance.  Let me have faith in your grace.  Help me be mystified by the wonder of your infinite mystery.  Let me cultivate a spiritual garden that produces a vision of existence more expansive than my imagination.  Help me use the talents and strengths you provided to remain in a position of neutrality as I encounter your absolute power.  Amen.