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!