Suggested Mid-Day Meditative Practice
Every day on the The Walk for America’s Children, we intend to stop and spend one hour in silent meditation. Rev. Rachel Hollander was asked to assist us in giving supportive persons a guide to participate. This is what she came up with.
MID-DAY MEDITATIVE PRACTICE
Taking this Sacred Moment of rest to give Thanks:
Giving Thanks for the bodies that we have been given to do this work
Giving Thanks for the commitment of our internal and external Expressions
Giving Thanks for the Passion that keeps us moving
Giving Thanks for all of those who are holding us in the Space of Love
Giving Thanks for water
A chant or song that is easy to sing in the Moment (examples: Oyaheya, I Send My Love, Thank You For This Day, I Trust in God….whatever works for you)
Entering the Silence:
We now take ourselves out of the world, out of this walk, out of the appearance, and enter into Communion with the One, in the Silence. With each Divine Breath, we release the everyday mind and enter into the One Mind.
As thoughts of busy-ness and doing-ness arise, we acknowledge them and thank them for doing their thing. And we release them. Imagining becoming like the water in a flowing river. All those thoughts, concerns, “to-do’s’ are like rocks in the water. The water encounters them however it is not stopped by them, the water continues to flow around and over them. If, however, any thought it persistent and disrupting the Process of Peace, have paper and a pen handy to jot it down so that it does not obstruct your Sacred Time of Communion.
Returning to the world:
I Am so Thankful for this time of Peace and Connection. My well is re-filled, my mind cleared, my body rested. Ready now, to resume the Journey.
Peace walks with me. I Am Grateful. I walk as Peace. I Am Grateful. ashe’
“I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote de La Mancha, Vol 1
To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star …
This is my quest, to follow that star …
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far …
To fight for the right, without question or pause …
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause …
And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm,
when I’m laid to my rest …
And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach … the unreachable star
From Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
― Mother Teresa