In the midst of a difficult "them vs. us" situation in my apartment building lately, I drew on mindfulness teachings and shared the prayer with several involved parties that I say every morning on behalf of myself, family, friends, neighbors, and our building management.
May we release all burdens of guilt, shame, fear, and loss from past trauma that no longer serve us and needless fear and anxiety about the future;
May we forgive those who have trespassed against us; and may we be forgiven by those whom we have trespassed against.
May we be filled with loving kindness;
May we be protected from all internal and external harm;
May we be as healthy and whole as possible;
May we enjoy both spiritual and material well-being;
May we be centered, peaceful, and at ease;
I included a favorite quote from Thich Nhat Hanh:
“Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves…When we have peace within, real dialogue with others is possible.”
MayMay all those who read this post today enjoy an especially happy Thanksgiving.