Gratitude: Bringer of Hope
As I write this, our world is in the middle of a pandemic, and our economy is suffering with unemployment at the highest it has been for decades. Not only is our country divided on how we should move through this challenging time, but peaceful protests have turned violent over racial issues and political divisions. I’m sickened by the injustices of humankind. At times like this, I’m saddened to be part of the human race. I’m perplexed by the insensitivities of so many people. The unprecedented millennial shift is upon us. Who knew this shift would be felt so deeply?
Because I am a highly sensitive person, I find myself feeling these shifts physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am grateful I have a spiritual practice that keeps me centered and grounded. During times like this, I know I must turn back to my gratitude practices in order to find the strength and hope to move forward in life. Without these practices, I would be curled up under a blanket waiting for the world to end. When helplessness and hopelessness creep in, I turn to one of my favorite prayers, the prayer of St. Francis:
Make me a channel of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
It is my personal prayer that we all find the inner strength to move forward with grace, gratitude, and hope in the days and weeks ahead, and that this world may come to a place where peace and harmony prevail. Here is a passage from the Holy Bible that helps strengthen my spiritual resiliency through turbulent times: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NRSV) I turned to the pungent essence of Mugwort to bring this message forth:
"I bring you hope. Hope differs from wishing. Hope reminds you that all things are possible with the help of the Holy Spirit. Hope for peace in the world. Hope for all opportunities to manifest for your family and friends. Hope for all humanity to discover their inner Light. Hope for equality among all peoples."
Spend time taking in the prayer of St. Francis. Are you ready to be a channel of peace? Take a moment to mindfully hold the whole world in the palm of your hand. Repeat the prayer. Then, create a gratitude list of all of the blessings in your life. Reread it often. Use this practice to raise your vibrations and restore and ground yourself.
Mantra: Peace begins with me!