We pray to remain right minded, in the face of minute trials, as well as difficult circumstances and times. We pray to remain compassionate, grounded, and well. We pray to stay the course, with diligence and gratitude. We pray to remain in touch with love. We pray to remain in homage to the greatness of all that is around us. We pray to remain humble, in place, and yet striving. We pray to be as magnificent as we were made to be. We pray that we will hold our abilities over no man or woman, using them instead, to lift all up–any who come our way, to mirror all that is dark or light within us, or to feed, scratch, weary, or hold us. We pray that we will be judicious in our boundaries, and what we indulge for others. We pray that we will be able to see through murky facades, into the heart of all matters. We pray that as we choose what is correct for us, in our long line of decisions, that we will not spite, nor ensnare others into our stories. We pray that we move forward always clearly, and with respect. Be our words harsh or gentle, and our measures decisively swift or slow to manifest, we pray that they are in the best interest of wholeness, and goodness, and justice. We pray because we need to call on that which is around us, and outside of us, and at the same time set deeply within–to bolster us in times of uncertainty and affront. We pray so that when we are mistaken, we are able to reflect comprehensively, on the usefulness of our errors, as they bring us closer to the softest and wisest version of ourselves. We pray for grace, our ability to mobilize forgiveness, and for the lightness of being that accompanies steadfast accountability.
However you define, describe, or relate to spiritual matters, may you find integrity in your practice.
And for those who do not relate to prayer or spiritual matters–may you find integrity in your pragmatic interactions, and your search for compassion, wisdom, and growth.
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