For each session, a common open and closing thought might be appropriate for you .. use our suggestion if it helps you! This is done silently…. The close is your exit thought — again if it helps you. The scripture will come from the sacred texts of major world religions and spiritual wisdom from writers, artists, and poets throughout the ages …. keep an open mind — wisdom is found everywhere!! We will read this aloud at the end of the 20-minute silent meditation, but give you the opportunity to exit if you desire.
** special note — you will frequently see authors described as “mystics” – do not be put off by this term – it refers to an experiential way of knowing rather than a mere belief system .. this elevated way of “knowing” is called different things in different cultures and traditions but it not the domain of a chosen few – it is available to all!
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. — St Augustine
Let me not forget you as I go forth into the world this day, blessed Lord; may my every word be a prayer, and my every act be testimony to your love and truth, and may I know your presence every second of this day.
Wisdom for Reflection: (today a Native American prayer)
O’ GREAT SPIRIT,
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me! I am small and weak, I need your
strength and wisdom.
Let Me Walk In Beauty, and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make My Hands Respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make Me Wise so that I may understand the
things you have taught my people.
Let Me Learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I Seek Strength, not to be greater than my
brother, but to fight my greatest
Make Me Always Ready to come to you with
clean hands and straight eyes.
So When Life Fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you