Black Lives Matter:

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Black lives are significant. Black voices are important. Black men are precious. Black women are worthy. Black children are sacred. Black families are sanctified. Black communities are divine. Black history is holy. Black wealth (& reparations) is Deserved. Black art is awe- inspiring. Black elders are miraculous. Black wisdom is respected. Black literature is beloved. Black LGBTQ are cherished. Black people are human.

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

On Awakening

God, please direct my thinking, especially move it from self-pity, dishonest and self-seeking motives.

As I go through the day and face indecision, please give me an inspiration, an intuitive thought, or a decision. Make me relax and take it easy; don’t let me struggle. Let me rely upon Your inspiration, intuitive thoughts, and decision instead of my old ideas.

Show me all through the day what my next step is to be and give me whatever I need to take care of each problem. God, I ask You especially for freedom from self-will and I make no requests for myself only. But give me the knowledge of Your will for me and the power to carry it out in every contact during the day.

As I go through this day, let me pause when agitated or doubtful and ask You for the right thought or action. Let me constantly be reminded that I am no longer running the show, humbly saying many times each day, “Thy will be done” and agreeing that it is.

I will then be in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. I will be more efficient. I won’t be burning up energy foolishly as I was when trying to run my life to suit myself. I will let You discipline me in this simple way. I will give You all the responsibility and all the praise.

~ From The 12 Step Prayer Book

 

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Earth Prayer from Manitoba Buddhist Temple

We gently caress you, the Earth, our planet and our home.
Our vision has brought us closer to you, making us aware of the harm we have done to the life-network upon which we ourselves depend.
We are reminded that we have poisoned your waters, your lands, your air.
We have filled you with the bones of our dead from war and greed.
Your pain is our pain.
Touching you gently, we pray that we may become peace-bringers and life-bringers so that our home in its journey around the Sun not become a sterile and lonely place.
May this prayer and its power last forever.
~ Sensei Ulrich, Manitoba Buddhist Temple 3

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