"Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is bound to be excellent, let your mind dwell on these things."- The Bible
I am in a place in my life now (I have hit the over 50 mark) were I realize that life is short and I really want my attitude, actions, and reactions to bring about good in the world, both personally and professionally. Over the past 12 years, I have had a mother who died at 62, two friends die at 52, and a more distant relative die at 38. In addition, in the past few years I have seen several women I know undergo breast cancer treatment. As a result, it is important for me to have a purpose-driven life and a life-enhancing existence.
I guess I think something needs to change in this country but feel a bit powerless to do anything that would affect our country on a grand scale. Therefore, I have decided that rather than feel overwhelmed, I would continue my meditation but change my mantra to my most favorite prayer by St. Francis of Assisi. I think the intentions in this prayer are universal and applicable to those who believe in God and to those who do not. Just doing this prayer of intention has helped me stay focused on the good I can do making me feel more empowered and less discouraged about humankind. I feel peaceful and more focused as a result.
Below is my (Evelyn's) edited non-religious version:
"May I be an instrument of peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.
May I not so much seek to be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love another; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying to our false self that we give birth to the true self and bring vitality into our world."
Great Article on Mediation!