Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Thank You Prayer
"If the only prayer you ever say in your whole entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
~ Meister Eckhart
" There are really only two prayers, "help me, help me, help me" or "thank you, thank you, thank you".
~ Devarshi Steven Hartman
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day to pause and give thanks for all that we have. I think sometimes it is easy to see what I wish I had, or what I still need, what I want, the next thing. It is easy to get caught up in external achievements, possessions, and desires that seem to promise happiness, but as soon as they materialize the happiness quickly fades and some new desire takes its place.
This is the realm of "help me, help me, help me", which is sometimes the prayer that is truly needed. Sometimes we need help, to see clearly, to get through, or to get by.
However, even when things seem bleak, or when things don't go my way, I can choose to see the abundance that is here and now. There are things I take for granted sometimes that deserve that second prayer every moment of every day.
Thank you, thank you, thank you...
for my breath that has always been here guiding me, nourishing me.
for my body and all its beautiful movement, expression, feeling.
for my family; my parents and siblings, my husband and my healthy beautiful children and all of my ancestors, we are all one family after all.
for my friends who share laughter and sometimes tears, and whose support is priceless.
for music, song, dance, poetry, yoga and all the multitude of things that make my soul sing and lead me towards ultimate joy and liberation.
for nature, my church and my sanctuary. When I am lost inside, I go outside and find myself again.
for food on my table, clothes on my back, shelter over my head. So many don't have this.
for my teachers, ALL of them; those who hurt me, the experiences that shaped me, the good, the bad, the ugly. Most of all those who taught me about God and showed me miracles big and small, those who gave me my path of yoga and gave me back myself.
for Swami Kripalu, a yoga master, a pilgrim on the path of love, whom I truly believe watches over me and who I do my best to follow
for the miracle of this life; all the joy and heartache, the triumphs and defeats, for feeling, seeing, tasting, touching, EXPERIENCING this rich tapestry.
for all of these things and so many more I am truly grateful.