30 Days of Healing Prayer

In Barnes & Noble last year, I found a book on the clearance table: 365 Prayers for Healing.

In it I found pages and pages of prayers And poems from all over the world, across time and cultures.

In my Facebook group, “Spiritual Learning Pittsburgh”, I posted 1 prayer every day for 30 days to guide members on a journey of healing contemplation.

This weekend, in celebration of the birthdays of my daughter and granddaughter; I’m kicking off that journey again in honor of the healing power that is the collective generations of women in a family – in my family.

Like the differences between the many women in my family tree, the beliefs and traditions shared on this journey will be diverse. They will also, like the women in my lineage, share a common core strength and connection to Spirit.

I know that each person will find a blessing in the words shared and the sentiment underneath each post.

Here’s the healing meditation/prayer for Day 1:

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner’s Path

“May God, the Giver of all wisdom, beauty, and well-being, bless all who love Her with these gifts, and grant that Her blessings may be generously shared.”

~ Marchiene Vroon Rienstra

Kindness as Cure

Super Hero w heartI’m writing this from the Manchester/Boston Regional Airport as I wrap up another visit to New Hampshire where I spoke at an annual professional meeting.

My talk, Rock Your Super Power at Work (no cape necessary), highlighted the research that exists on the link between choosing to be kind, and our well-being mentally, emotionally and physically.

I was further suggesting in my talk that anyone – regardless of title, position or salary – can impact change for the better in any organization by simply being kind.

The data in numerous research studies strongly suggests that there is a “positive feedback loop” between being kind to others and feeling content and happy in our own lives.

Performing random acts of kindness helps boost our sense of well-being in part because they activate the release of dopamine in our brains. When we are kind to others, our brains produce endorphins. These in turn induce a physical feeling similar to an opiate “high”.

In other words, if we’re feeling down, a little depressed or otherwise “meh“,…we should do something nice for someone – and science says we’ll turn our misery around. According to research summarized in a fact sheet published by Dartmouth Wellness, active kindness (being kind in word and deed) decreases pain, anxiety, depression, cortisol levels (which raise under stressful conditions), and blood pressure.

But there’s even more reason to up our Vitamin K(indness): it seems we really can change the world – no matter who we are or where we live.

“The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to pay it forward.” [Dartmouth Wellness Fact Sheet]

Kindness is Catching

image from kindness.org

As I shared with the group today, this means that we don’t have to be a CEO to make positive change at work; a mayor or council person to make positive changes in our community.

We can begin where we are right now, and plant seeds of kindness that will impact the people around us and ultimately, the world.

I’ve always liked Wayne Dyer’s counsel on kindness: “When you have the choice to be right, or to be kind – choose kindness.

And so it is.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path

Kindness research/references:

A Simple Truth

“All that I am, all that I see; all that I’ve been and all that I’ll ever be – is a blessing, it’s so amazing, and I’m grateful for it all.”

These words form the chorus of the infectious and uplifting music video posted by artists Daniel Nahmod and Nimo Patel (linked above). It’s one of those productions that has magical qualities, and like a pain pill for a headache, can be applied on days when things aren’t feeling all that great and will produce wonderful results.

The music and the images are wonderful; it’s easy to get lost in the totality of this gift and to lose the very simple, yet powerful TRUTH that lies at the foundation of what Daniel and Nimo are trying to communicate.

It’s not a new message, but one that seems to be elusive across the general population. Louise Hay taught it in her blockbuster movie that summarized the theme for her life’s work: “You Can Heal Your Life“.

In one of the interviews that formed the basis for the movie Ms. Hay said, “…I used to fix this problem, and fix that problem,…and one day I discovered… that if I would help people to love themselves, to accept themselves as they are,… we didn’t have to work on problems. It was like a miracle – everything seemed to fall away…”

In the 21st century Louise’s work may seem “new” but this message has been around in various forms for a long time. While it’s true that her teaching – and that of fellow Hay House authors Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, and others – are based on ancient teachings and truths; a lot of those truths seem to get lost in the modern world. But throughout even the modern historical period, others have sought to teach the masses.

In 1969, Psychiatrist Thomas Harris published what would become a bestseller: I’m OK, You’re OK. The language in I’m OK, You’re OK leans toward the academic therapeutic (e.g. psychiatrist-speak) and is based on the concepts of transactional analysis. The concepts remain aligned, however with the foundations that would later inform 21st century teachings classified as New Thought.

So what do a hippy, last-century psycho-babble book; a new age woo-woo movie and a feel-good music video have in common?

They all share a simple, yet powerful message that is life-changing – if we can grasp it.

Here’s that message: no matter where we are (especially in comparison to what we see in others, and in the media); we have worth, we have something to contribute – we are a blessing to the world.

Some cynics will take issue and ask if I consider someone who harms another to be a blessing. When someone is actively engaged in harming others with their deeds, words or acts of omission it’s not likely that they are pondering their self-worth. Their negative deeds are the outcome of a serious lack of self-love (along with a lot of other issues that are beyond my scope of practice to diagnose).

Let me be clear that I am not advocating denial. When we harm others, our own successful recovery requires that we make amends. Once we move past the need to live and act in a way that harms others and begin to ponder concepts like self-worth, this simple truth can be applied.

The concept seems simple, right? It is. But it’s not EASY. We must learn to stop in the middle of our internal negative dialogue and pivot toward this truth: that we are OK, that we are indeed a blessing to the world – and the term “world” doesn’t mean that we need to invent a new life-saving technology or figure out how to clean the earth’s oceans. Our “world” is the sphere of influence that we inhabit, every day. When we recognize our contributions and worth in that personal world, we plant seeds that can extend outward to the larger world.

If we stay committed to this positive change, and work it every moment of every day; we can arrive at a place in our own lives where we truly believe these words:

  • All that I am: all my faults, limitations, short-comings and failures along with everything that I do well
  • All that I see: everything I see when I look around in my life experience; where I live, what car I drive, what my job title is and my salary number,…
  • All that I’ve been: my past
  • And all that I’ll ever be: my future

…is a blessing; it’s so amazing. And I’m thankful for it all. (Thanks Daniel & Nimo!)

When we can get to a point where this is our response to life, where we understand and apply this simple truth – we truly can heal and live our best life.

(C) 2017 Practitioner's Path