A friend asked me if I had any prayer requests. He’s a prayer chaplain, so that’s something he loves. Prayers have been a big part of our friendship. To answer his question, I made a list. You know me–I love making lists and am good at it.
Then I sent the list to a few other friends over email, so they could learn what I’m working on lately, and so they could pray along, if they wanted to. I always want to be a person who prays well with others. And I’m also looking for creative ways of asking for help and support. I’m trying some new things.
Thought you might like to see the list also, reader friend. Maybe you could know me better, or see a prayer you would like to take on for yourself, in your own life.
I love prayer as a way to learn what’s important to me and what I need help with. It’s a way I can organize my desires. Whether or not a deity is listening, I can communicate my needs with myself, at the very least. And now with you.
that Mother God bless my body in health, all its systems and needs, and teach me how to listen to myself and give my body what it’s asking for
that I remain resilient in the face of grief and suffering to continue my life’s work
to bless me to love people as they are with a smile, to love people how they want to be loved
to help me stay safe as I journey in my imagination and not get lost on the Crazy Path
to help me practice good boundaries, saying no, saying yes, to trust myself, and to let go of people who try to control or shame me
to help me trust and untrust others
strength to speak my truth in writing, art, community
strength to let go of the denial I was taught in my family
strength to let other people feel their feelings including anger, to allow my dear ones total freedom to be who they are and make their own choices, unhindered by my judgments, especially Ming
health of Ming and appropriate devotion to his well-being
strength to feel my own feelings all the way and keep them moving through
blessings to the soul of my mama, wherever it may be
blessings to the soul of my dad, wherever it may be
blessings to my sacred homeland of strawberries, broccoli, eucalyptus trees, ocean, horned lizards, cow fields, live oaks, avocado trees, and ancestors
blessings to all my communities–may I joyfully play my roles within them, soaked in vivid honesty
to know where I belong, where to live, to do the work I’m most needed for
to live in Love and adjust skillfully to the world as it is, while striving to create a new world of nurturing justice
inspiring quote as bonus
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” -the Dalai Lama