|No, it won’t all go the way it should. But I know the heart of life is good. –John Mayer|
Living Reverence: There is a Spark in Everything
In a world that has been relentlessly primed to favor the myths of independence and certainty over the truths of interconnection and mystery, the practice of reverence can seem foolish and unfashionable. But no one here exists independent of all others. And the vast complex of our knowledge, though impressive, is erected on the shores of an ocean of unknowns. Reverence is a glad acknowledgement of these realities. It does not require you to be religious, or part of an organized faith. If there are any prerequisites for reverence they are only this: The capacity for wonder and love. And an awareness in the heart, of the dignity and worthiness inherent in this earth, this life, this moment. In many ways Maki Kawamura, a mother, global peace leader and former doctor, embodies what it means to live reverently. She shares her story, and her quietly powerful convictions here.
What Were You Born To Do?
“When I was 30 years old, a close friend asked me, ‘What’s your life’s mission?’ when she asked me this question I drew a blank. I didn’t have an answer, and that was a big shock to me. I felt colorless.”
Mother of three and managing director of the Goi Peace Foundation in Tokyo, Japan, Maki Kawamura shares her story softly. Sincerity flutters through her words like a small, bright-eyed bird. It is difficult not to be instantly won over.
“I realized that I really needed to find my own color and the only way to find my color was to really work with myself. To ask myself: ‘What do you love? What are you here for? What were you born to do?’ It took more than a year to do this. Prayer helped me.”
When Maki uses the word ‘prayer’ she means it in a very broad, secular sense. In her usage of it, the word encompasses a potent combination of gratefulness, love, and reverence for life in all its manifestations.
This is the prayer which I made and in all Maher homes recite this prayer in the morning and evening . Yes you can share my answers on KindSpring.org
MAHER’S PRAYER FOR WORLD HEALING
Oh, God of the Universe, Oh, Divine, Oh, Divine Light, Oh Nature, we call you by many names. Yet, you are the one universal energy present everywhere and in everyone. We come to you in humility and humbleness, knowing that you have the mighty power to heal this world. We ask forgiveness for the hurt our large and small acts of selfishness have caused you, humanity, all living things and the planet.
Through our choices, we humans have brought the world to where we stand today. We have failed to heed all of the warnings the Universe has given us.Our carelessness has brought the world to its knees. We ask you to forgive us and mercifully awaken in us the wisdom and strength needed for the urgent healing. We ask for your help as we struggle to bear the illness, suffering and deaths of so many, the hopelessness of depression and the desperation of joblessness. We pray you will guide the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, volunteers, scientists, and all who are working around the clock to care for the ill and find the way ahead. Bless their hands and hearts. Grant them the strength they require.Oh, Divine power, hear our humble prayers and uplift and heal us so that our world may be healed.
Love, Sr Lucy