Prayers, Meditations, Mantras and Quotes
Great Spirit Prayer
Oh, Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me! I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes
ever hold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
Help me remain calm and strong in the
face of all that comes towards me.
Help me find compassion without
empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.
- Translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887
Traditional Hindu prayer
Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality,
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Lead Me – Thomas Merton
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Father-Mother-Life, you are my life, my constant support, my health, my protection, my perfect fulfilment of every need and my highest inspiration.
I ask you to reveal the true Reality of Yourself to me. I know it is your will that I shall be fully illuminated that I may better receive awareness of Your Presence within and around me. I believe and know that this is possible. I believe that you protect and maintain me within perfect love. I know that my eventual purpose is to express you.
As I speak to you, I know that you are perfectly receptive of me, for you are universal loving intelligence which has so marvelously designed this world and brought it into visible form.
I know, that as I ask you to speak to me, I am sending out a consciousness searchlight into your Divine Consciousness and as I listen, you will be penetrating my human consciousness and coming ever closer to my increasingly receptive mind and heart. I commit myself and my life into your care.
I Love You.
I am Sorry.
Please Forgive Me.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to
the light of their true nature.
May all beings be free.
Prayer of Lovingkindness
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Instrument of Your Peace – St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I 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 giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
Om bhur bhuvah svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dheemahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe
Quick Pick-Me Up Quotes
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried, but actually you have been planted.”
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“When there is no struggle, there is no strength.”
“And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.”
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”