These times are calling us to serve in every way that we possibly can. As feelers and healers, the collective pain is what spurs us to generate more consciousness. And, we’ve got to keep the pain moving through us to keep from getting stuck, so that our faith and resolve are stronger than our grief.
One of my favourite prayers for these times is the Shantideva Prayer. It’s a sublime devotional to being of service and protecting all beings…
May I become at all times, both now and forever,
A protector for those without protection,
A guide for those who have lost their way,
A ship for those with oceans to cross,
A sanctuary for those in danger,
A lamp for those in the dark,
And a servant to all those in need.
I adore this prayer. I think it sums up relentless compassion—it covers all the bases of service and protection.
So, print out this mini poster (it’s free). Place it at your desk, on your nightstand, or fold it into your planner. And then… use it. Read it in the morning, say it out loud with your hands on your heart.
We can face collective pain with unwavering trust and gratitude for being alive. Prayer and meditation… they’re how we stay lit up to keep going. And we need to keep going.
With unwavering Faith,