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#1 of 5 Old 01-19-2003, 01:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Id really love to have a collection of beautiful poems/prayers/quotes to memorize, post on the fridge, recite for myself and others at family dinners and rituals....Anyone have beloved pieces to share? I'm primarily wanting to memorize them and use them to meditate on. Anything to do with family, mothering, spirituality, giving, um...staying calm and centered in our hearts would be perfect!

Here's something I love to start us off:

The Prayer by St Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace
Where there is hatred, let us sow love
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Mother, Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in the giving that we recieve
It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in the dying to self that we are born to eternal life.




This just really moves me. There is so much giving to being a mother, and so much pardoning (lol!) required in maintaining a healthy marriage--this reminds me how sacred that is. I've been saying this to myself whenever I start feeling annoyed and resentful at having to be taking care of someone else--centering in this way feels like a great way to take care of myself, too.

Can't wait to read your inspirations!
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Hi Wildflower!
Are you aware of our "writer's forum'' we have here? It's funny
how many members don't really know they exist. If you haven't
been there yet go check it out.
I'm moving this thread there right now! Good luck
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Now moving this thread to spirituality due to OT's request!
thanks wildflower!
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when you move threads. can you post the link for dorks like me?
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Here is a Sioux Prayer I ran across in a magazine.

I come before thee as one of thy many
children. See, I am small and weak; I need
thy strength and wisdom.

Grant me to walk in beauty and that my eyes
may ever behold the crimson sunset. May
my hands treat with respect the things
which thou has created, may my ears hear
thy voice!

Make me wise that I may understand the
things which thou hast taught my people,
which thou hast hidden in every leaf and
every rock.

I long for strength, not in order taht I may
overreach my brother, but to fight my
greatest enemy myself.

Make me ever ready to come to the with pure
hands and candid eyes, so that my spirit
when life disappears like the setting sun,
may stand unashamed before thee.





I hope we get more! Thanks for starting this thread.

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