Prayers made out of grass

It’s been 5 weeks now of grounding myself in home in Montana after 5 months of being on the road.

Yes, some of it’s being in my home, but more of it is being in a familiar place, one that knows me and I know it. 

To see familiar people at the grocery store (and know where everything is located in the grocery store).

It’s going to my favorite trailheads and having long runs through the flowers (I don’t know of place more beautiful than Montana this time of year).

It’s feeling deep gratitude for seeing Montana turn from spring to summer (a special treat after missing it last year to help my mom move out of her house of 52 years), and it’s watching the Arrowleaf Bolsomroot come into full bloom.

As Mary Oliver writes in her poem A Summer Day,

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields
which is what I have been doing all day.

I can so relate to these words, and perhaps you can too. When we are present in nature, we are in prayer.

Prayer is nothing more and nothing less then being present with the One, with Spirit, with the Wonder of it All.

It is feeling connected. A connection so deep that we can’t put words to it, we just KNOW. A knowing so deep that it cannot be doubted or feared or questioned.

It is the knowing of the mystery and magic of the magnificence of one flower petal, one blade of grass, one pure glance of the clouds moving across the sky.

You HAVE this knowing. Even if it feels far away or non-existent, it is there. I promise you. It’s been there since you were conceived, before you were conceived, as you came from this Knowing. 

You ARE of this magnificence, this mystery, this wonder. You ARE a manifestation of the Divine. No matter what.

Even if you feel scared, or angry, or guilty, or doubting, or separate, or hating, or jealous, or dysfunctional, or not-normal, or depressed, or anxious, or crazy, or shameful.

ALL of this is part of It. It is part of being human in this “one wild and precious life.”

Do something for me right now, for you:
Take your hand and place it on your heart, close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and FEEL the life in your heart.

The beating of it, the emotion in it (whatever it may be), the vibrancy in it.

And then thank whatever entity or whomever comes to your mind to thank for this beating heart. For the presence in this one moment.

This is a prayer. This is a moment connecting with Grace.

Then wrap your arms around your heart and torso and give yourself a big hug from me.

You are DEEPLY loved my friend. 

Categories: Gratitude, Health & Happiness, Heart Centered Living, Inner Wisdom & Intuition, Meditation & Mindfulness

About the Author: Angela Patnode

My passion, my calling, is for you to be totally you. Through private coaching, in-depth retreats, and online group coaching programs, I help you tap into your intuition and clarify your desires and vision, I guide you to take active steps toward making your desires a reality.

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