One of the most important things I do for my wellbeing, and really for my ability to show up in the world more fully and more in alignment with my intentions, is to speak them. I know that sounds incredibly obvious to most of you. However, it never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to lose track of them and have a sort of "moment of clarity" upon realizing that somewhere along the way the chosen thread of existence (or purpose or dharma) that was being followed got dropped. Maybe not long ago or far away, but not being truly held nonetheless. Building presence is great, what we decide to be present to is incredibly important.
What we say, internally and externally, essentially programs our brain to attune to what we have told it is important. Of course, this in no way means that we are in control of life or people that have traumatic experiences made it happen. What I am suggesting is that if we choose to attune to what we seek to experience consciously, then it becomes exponentially more likely that those moments that align will be noticed and felt more fully. Whether it's called a prayer, mantra, blessing, intention, or anything else, words and the tone used to express them matter.
Here is a prayer I wrote earlier this year, it has been feeling soothing to my heart these days.
May my hands and heart be open
to the fullness of existence.
May life move
into and through me
without condition or qualification.
May I receive
what each moment brings then
release all with grateful grace.
May my words, actions,
amplify the beauty of all things
and serve as a light
for those lost in the dark
that they might find freedom.
May we come to understand
the inextricable continuity of connection
between all things, and
dive into the deep well of peace
that resides there.
poem by: Claire Santos, 2020
I would love to hear your thoughts (and prayers :)).
Until next time,
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