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DesertLord, give me the discipline,

the love for you,

and the wisdom

to live this life you have given me

in the face of everything.

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4448622688_18bb9e1cd4_bMake me into the man you intend me to be. May I be soft clay in your divine hands. I lay myself upon your wheel. Create with me a beautiful and useful vessel for the service of my Lord in all beings. There is no greater blessing than to be shaped by you.

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All-Compassionate One, be always the foremost thought in my mind.

In illness and health, longing and fulfillment, sadness and bliss,

Grant that I may see you at work and know that it is good.

 

You are the source of all things, the material of all worlds,

The soul of my soul, heart of my heart,

The air that I breathe and the reason that I am.

 

For all things should I praise You.

Every moment I should thank You.

With every action, grant that I may worship you.

 

How can I conceive of Your grandeur,

In whose mind has the universe its being?

Not by anyone can You truly be known.

 

Yet You dwell as the true self

In the heart of every being.

We are One beyond the mind’s understanding.

 

Praise and glory and worship to You

For this Grace, this miracle of Being!

The One God, the One Truth,

The All in All,

In every faith, in every heart, everywhere.

 

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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River_Embrace_by_lindowyn_stockMy dearest friend, will you listen to me a while? I could use some sage advice.

I am tired lately. It’s not just a lack of sleep. I feel worn down, wrung out like a wet towel. I ache in body and mind. There’s a chill that goes down deep and winter has nothing to do with it.

And there’s a brooding sadness in my heart like an ice-cube that never melts.

And my mind is out of control! Desires running amok, bad decisions galore, loneliness like I haven’t felt in years and a surging, vibrating unrest that steals away my attention any time I set my focus on some higher ideal.

Nothing seems quite right. All the things of life seem slightly askew, moderately out of balance. It’s as if I’m inside a photograph that isn’t focused properly.

What is this? What can I do about it? I feel like I’ve come too far to be set back by petty feelings. At the same time, I feel like all my experience is worthless in the face of these obstacles.

Honestly, I don’t want only your advice. I don’t only want you to lend an ear to my troubles. I need you. I need your strength, your love. I need you to be my foundation and shelter. I need you to take responsibility for me, because no amount of effort on my part is going to solve my problems.

I am the problem. I put myself in this situation, I dug these canyons of depression and craving, and they’ve taken on a life of their own, become rivers of misery and want. They’re too big for me to fill them in. Every shovel-full of earth I throw in is washed away

But you can dam the rivers. You can dry up their beds. You can fill them with black earth and plant there the seeds of love, discipline, renunciation, and reason.

I want you to be the architect of my life. I want you to take all the responsibility. I’ll do the work, but you give the orders, you guide my hands. And you take the credit when the all is said and done.

There. I’ve lain the whole thing at your feet. It’s yours to arrange as you wish; I don’t want any part of that. I’ll just keep my eyes on you, keep doing my job and singing my song, until your plans are at their end.

I feel better already.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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Lord

2012-04-11 (10)Dear, sweet Lord,

As you are our father and our mother, our dearest friend, our wealth, our all in all, I pray to you with all sincerity. Grant that my heart may be pure, my mind focused, and my prayer earnest.

There are times when no amount of self effort can solve a problem, when a situation is out of our control. What is there to do then, Lord, but to surrender at your holy feet. This is such a moment, Lord. This is such a time.

For I have prepared as well as I could. I have acted as was necessary and correct. But all my efforts are futile, Lord. The outcome is not mine to determine, not mine to see.

Take my trembling hand, Compassionate One. I am your child. My all is in your hands. I give you all responsibility, allĀ  success or failure, all praise or blame. It has always been yours, sweet Lord, but now I surrender it lovingly, and knowingly.

Praise be to you in every tongue, through every faith, in every manner of worship. Praise be to your every name, your every face. Praise be to all who love you, for they live in my heart of hearts. Praise be to all that you are.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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Will of My Will

O, blessed refuge of all beings, grant that I may abandon my will and serve only yours.

May I move as you will, Speak as you will, Love as you will, Desire as you will. May I give myself wholly to your way. For only through you is righteousness found; Only through you is goodness done; Only through you are desires satiated; Only through constant remembrance of you does all suffering come to an end. You are the King of Kings, God of Gods, The soul of the universe, And my very own Self. Blessed am I, truly, to bree able to worship you. Blessed are all beings, in time, because of you. Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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