Oneness

It Is I

I am that living and fiery essence of the divine substance
that glows in the beauty of the fields.

I shine in the water,

I burn in the sun and the moon and the stars.

Mine is the mysterious force of the invisible wind.

I sustain the breath of all living.

I breathe in the verdure and in the flowers,

and when the waters flow like living things,

It is I…I am Wisdom…I am Life.

(Hildegard of Bingen)

Yogic Prayer to the Earth

I breathe in energy of life
I breathe out love of the Earth
I breathe in inspiration
I breathe out love of Earth’s creatures
I breathe in the winds of change
I breathe out love of Earth’s forms
I breathe in the richness of biodiversity
I breathe out respect for all life
I breathe in nature’s beauty
I breathe out Earth’s sanctity
I breathe in cosmic energies
I breathe out universal love
I breathe in the wholeness
I breathe out wholeness
I breathe in dynamism
I breathe out energy
to begin the spiral
of never-ending reciprocation
between Self and Life
in the great energy-exchange
of Being… in love with the Earth.

I breathe in hope
I breathe out trust
I breathe in Earth’s strength
I breathe out her power
I breathe in the essence of Earth
Fragrances to calm and centre the senses.
I breathe out the stillness
of the perfect moment of awareness.
I breathe in Earth’s knowledge
I breathe out Earth’s knowledge
in symbiosis.

I breathe in movement
I breathe out expressiveness
I breathe in asanas
I breathe out in asanas
I breathe in interconnection
I breathe out in interdependence
I breathe in the gifts of life
I breathe out gratitude
I breathe in the miracle of life
I breathe out consciousness of the miracle
I breathe in wonder
I breathe out awe
I breathe the first breath again
I breathe the last in its joy
I breathe in the magnificence of mountains
I breathe out generosity of vision
I breathe in the twin energy-spirits of love
we call courage and compassion
I breathe out their dance into the future
And this is Oneness.

by Ann Palmer (Isle of Lewis, UK)

The Symphony Of Life

I stand, transparent, on the edge of space.
Whole galaxies pass through me each moment,
Each atom a golden sun, radiant with light.
I am Light! I am Energy! I am Sound and Music!

The world forms around me, ideas in the night.
I am the Earth and all life therein:
The sun, the stars, the wind, and the rain;
The divine perfection within all things.

Through me the Universe now acts and feels,
Sees itself, knows love and joy,
Sorrow, knowledge, and wisdom:
The drama of life everlasting.

I am the Word made manifest:
All that is lies within,
Eternally unfolding.
The flower blossoms.

(Elk)

May You Grow Still

May you grow still enough to hear the small noises Earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter,
so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within.

May you grow still enough to hear the trickling of water seeping into the ground,
so that your soul may be softened and healed, and guided in its flow.

May you grow still enough to hear the splintering of starlight in the winter sky
and the roar at Earth’s fiery core.

May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air,
so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.

(Brother David Steindl-Rast)

Irish Blessing

May your morning be full of sunshine
May your day be free of clouds
May you be the best you can be
And at the end of the day you will be happy.

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