I have been searching for ways to rejuvenate my spiritual life. Spirituality has always been an important part of my life, even during times in which I have been frustrated with organized religion.
Although I pray daily, I have been feeling for quite some time that my prayer life needs to be rejuvenated. I have been feeling like I just go through the motions of prayer, frequently overlooking the aspects of my life for which I need to be grateful and making prayer requests in a very perfunctory way.
|Cotner, J. (2011). Say a Little Prayer, A Journal. |
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
My hope is that by setting aside a few minutes each day to write down my prayers, I will force myself to make time for reflection and therefore go through my days more aware and grounded in the present and with greater intention. In addition, I think that by rejuvenating my spiritual life, I will regain a greater sense of control and ability to tackle everyday challenges. Below are a few short prayers from the prayer book that I thought I would share. Even if religion is not your thing, you might still like the message within the prayers.
at daybreak, dear god,
fill me with your light.
let the sounds of gentle clouds
be like the sounds I make today.
remind me to say good morning to someone.
let me have the strength
to face any adversity that may come my way
and let me face it with love.
or at least with patience.
I really liked this prayer by Magie Dominic because I think it is impossible (at least for me) to face every adversity with love; however, patience is something for which I can strive. I think it is important for me to strive to meet challenges, particularly in relation to my healing journey, with patience. I must constantly remind myself that the hurt does not go away over night and that healing from sexual assault (and PTSD in general) is a process. I am trying my best to trust in the process and just go with these emotional swings that leave me feeling nuts (i.e., N.U.T.S.).
Be with me as I enter Your presence.
Give me the patience and the stillness
to hear Your voice.
Fill me with Your spirit,
and help me to understand
what You want me to know.
Quieten my noisy head to make room
for what You want me to hear.
Grant me the wisdom to do Your will --
this day and in the days to come.
Bring me a blessing today
and help me to recognize it when I see it.
[PHYLLIS K. COLLIER]
(1939 - 2010)
I really liked this prayer by Phyllis K. Collier because I feel like my mind is in a state of perpetual chaos these days (well, the last few years, really!). My thoughts bounce around my head so rapidly, particularly when I am in therapy or attempting to verbalize anything related to my assault. I sometimes feel the need to close my eyes and try to latch onto one of the fleeting thoughts because otherwise they are moving too quickly to hold onto. These rapid thoughts play into my feelings of anxiousness and not being grounded in the present. I think this prayer will be a good one with which to begin my day. I like thinking about quieting my head not only because it is unpleasant but because it will enable me to open my eyes to the blessings around me. I know that there are many blessings in my life; it's just sometimes difficult to connect with them.
If you have any prayers, meditation exercises, etc. that you find useful, I would love to hear about them! If you'd like to share, please leave them in the comments section below, or feel free to email them (via the "Contact" tab).