This poem by Barbara J. Pescan and this article by Rosemary Ellen Guiley take a look at prayer from different perspectives. As you thoughtfully read them today, focus on two questions: “What does prayer mean to you?” and “How do you pray?”
Holy grandparents of the Universe…energies of creation…endless mysteries of life:
Take a moment to pray and breathe.
I have been struggling with stress a lot lately. The truth of this picture is both unsettling and motivating. It is important for more than just our bodies to work on stress.
So, then the question becomes, “how do we do this?” Or “what can I do to lower my stress levels?” The answer is “There are many ways.”
One way to do this is to meditate. Take time to breathe. Color a picture. Build something with stones, like this:
Or say a prayer or chant like this one:
Take a few moments to talk to a friend. Hold and pet an animal. Go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Drink a cup of tea. Sing a song.
There are many ways to relax and reduce stress. The most important thing to do is to learn that you are important enough to take the time for yourself and remember:
As we hear news of tragedies facing refugees, asylees, and immigrants around the world, we offer this prayer and hold all those suffering in our hearts. “May your grief and loss be assuaged. May the hard road you travel include spaces of rest and security. May you know your inherent worth and dignity every day of the journey.” Read the full prayer on WorshipWeb
with a heavy yet hopeful heart,
Using beads to pray is an important part of many religions. This article offers help and ideas for how to use prayer beads as a UU.
Unitarian Universalist Prayer Bead Practice
Hope you enjoy.
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