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1,000 PRAYERS

moments of connection between nature and ourselves

When you look at the world around you,

What do you care about?

What moment of reflection would you share?

What stillness would you celebrate?


​A prayer can be many things: a request for help, a plea, an intercession. It might be a celebration, an invocation an appreciation of wonder, a moment of stillness and connection. It might be all of these, or something else again


At CelebrationEarth!, our 1,000 Prayers initiative turns to those personal moment of stillness and connection. We invite you as individuals and as groups to look at your relationships with the world around us and (hopefully) to find wonder and joy in that sense of connection to the natural world. We are convinced that an experience of wonder and belonging and love is a more enduring motivation for action than the fear and anger that often dominates environmental discussion


The 100 Celebrations initiative draws together events scattered across the country where groups are invited to create their own celebrations of the world around them. 1,000 Prayers is more personal. Here, we invite people to share with us their own moments of stillness and connection with the natural world


We use “Prayer” as an inclusive term. Our prayers include traditional prayers to God or your own expression of the Divine, but “prayers” might also be an activity that brings you a sense of stillness and connection, a dance, a song, a hymn, a chant, a yoga asana. We are looking for ways of finding those moments of peace and connection with the natural world


PRACTICAL POINTS:

If you would like to contribute (thank you!) contact us at: arts@celebrationearth.org and we’ll sort out details

Initially, we’ll post Prayers on this page. As the collection grows. We might need to move onto a page with a stronger indexing system!


SOURCES

We try to find sources for the prayers we post here. Sometimes a beautiful set of words will have been passed from one person to another until a starting point has been lost. If you find your words here unexpectedly, we hope you will appreciate the compliment that they have proved rewarding for other people, we are happy to post a link to other relevant work or to remove the piece if you can verify your ownership of the piece

1. BUDDHIST METTA

The Buddhist Metta (Lovingkindness) Prayer is simple but profound. It starts by blessing oneself and gradually expands outward from there, eventually wishing good intentions for the entire world and all beings, even our enemies. There are many variations and translations of this prayer, but what follows is the essence of it; if we all said this prayer with sincerity at least once per week, the world could be a very different place:

My heart fills with with loving kindness. I love myself. May I be happy. May I be well. May I be peaceful. May I be free.

May all beings in my vicinity be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my city be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my state be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my country be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings on my continent be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my hemisphere be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings on planet Earth be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May my parents be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all my friends be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all my enemies be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in the Universe be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

If I have hurt anyone, knowingly or unknowingly in thought, word or deed, I ask for their forgiveness.

If anyone has hurt me, knowingly or unknowingly in thought, word or deed, I extend my forgiveness.

May all beings everywhere, whether near or far, whether known to me or unknown, be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.  


May all beings be free from suffering

2. PEACE MANTRA

Let us imagine for a moment that the whole of nature is a flower.

This flower consists of an infinite number of petals.

Each one of us is a petal, and, just as each petal is joined to all other petals at the centre of the flower, so we are all linked to each other.

We are all family.

Whatever our skin colour, gender or sexual orientation, whatever our age, whatever language we speak, whatever our culture, beliefs, and opinions, we are all connected to each other.


The Peace Mantra runs as follows:

Peace In My Heart

Peace in this Place

Peace in our Land

And throughout the World

Peace


This reflects our belief that there can only be peace in the world if we are at peace with ourselves, and each other at a community and national level, and, if we are in harmony with the whole of nature. All of these go hand in hand.

3. WE SHALL ALL GO OUT

Hymn: from The Great Turning by Joyce Boyce-Tillman

We shall go out


1.We shall go out renewed in our commitment

            To integrate creation in ourselves,

            To work and trust, to hope and play and wonder

            With hearts that long for world integrity.

            We'll work to right the wrongs of devastation

            Of humankind and all created life;

            We'll dream our dreams for earth's reintegration

            Within the dreamtime of a Christ who is the Way.


2. We'll play our games that still the hectic struggle

            To win a race that all can only lose;

            We'll trust the good that works from deep within us

            For peace and justice, diverse unity.

            We'll keep alive the flame of hope within us

            And wonder still at beauty yet unborn.

We'll leap and dance the resurrection story

Including all within the circles of our love.

4. LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS LIFE

A prayer by Lawrence Chewning, recommended by a Forest Church group:
Let everything that has life,
let everything that has breath,
give all the glory and honour and praise to the One who overcame death.
Let every living thing sing of the mercies of our God.
Let us exalt Him wherever we live with thanksgiving and joy in our hearts.
If we don’t praise Him,
the mountains will.
If we don’t exalt Him,
the rocks will cry out
in our stead, ‘God is not dead!’
Let every living thing sing of the mercies of our God.
Let us exalt Him wherever we live with thanksgiving and joy in our hearts.

5. LIGHT OF SUN AND MOON

Advice from María Sabina, Mexican healer and poet:

Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon.

With the sound of the river and the waterfall.

With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds.

Heal yourself with mint, neem, and eucalyptus.

Sweeten with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile.

Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a hint of cinnamon.

Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars.

Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground and with everything that comes from it.

Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead.

 Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier.

Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember ... you are the medicine.


Maria Sabina Magdalena Garcia (1894 – 1985) was a Mazatec curandera and poet. She has inspired people with her earth-centred awareness and her influence ranges from Mexican rock music to other poets and a fusion between traditional Mazatec spiritual practices and the local Catholic church

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6. BE A GARDENER

Be a Gardener. Dig a ditch. Toil and sweat. And turn the earth upside down. And seek the deepness. And water plants in time. Continue this labor. And make sweet floods to run, and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink, and carry it to God as your true worship.

Julian of Norwich

7. ALL THAT IS EARTHLY

Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly. . . .
The earth is at the same time mother,
She is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all,
for contained in her
are the seeds of all.

Hildegard of Bingen

8. FOR AN ADVENT SPIRAL, 1

In our 100 Celebrations,  page we describe the Sparklestories Advent Spirals. Here are some of the songs they use for walking their spirals that come from a Waldorf tradition


Rise up, O Flame, by thy light glowing

Show to us beauty, vision and joy.

 

Out of Eternity, this new day is born

Into Eternity, it will return

9. FOR AN ADVENT SPIRAL, 2

Traditional Navaho chant


Now I walk in beauty.

Beauty is before me,

Beauty is behind me,

Above and below me.


There are lots of song versions of this if you want to search for a tune. But you could try just reciting with rhythm and see how the words grow for you

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10. FOR AN ADVENT SPIRAL, 3

Ubi Caritas.


Ubi caritas et amor,

Ubi caritas,

Deus ibi est.


 ("Where there is charity and love, God is to be found.")


This is a Taize song, follow the link for the tune. Taize chants work really well when individuals harmonize with the basic melody

11. FOR AN ADVENT SPIRAL, 4

We are the old people,

We are the new people,

We are the same people

Wiser than before.

 

Cauldron of changes,

Feather on the bone,

Arc of eternity,

Hole in the stone.


This is one of those modern chants that have been in circulation for so long it is hard to know where they started, who first wrote them or if there is a “correct” version. This is the one we use! Try reciting it as you walk, find a rhythm stamped by feet and clapped by hands. Improvise

PRAYERS 12 - 19

Prayers 12 – 19 are a series of suggestions from people, mostly through Facebook, offering the places or moments that give  people those previous moments of togetherness with the natural world

12. OUTSIDE

Sweet, clean air; the smell of good earth; warmth within and without.

Lynn Rishworth


13. A BEACH

Gentle waves caressing a pebbled beach, sea breezes perfuming the warm air. The Goddess laughs with joy. Aurora Lev

14. MY GARDEN

Using my sense of sight,

Wandering my garden just looking at the plant shapes, colours and textures.

Seeing the insects busy doing their own thing,

Feeling the air brush my skin.

This is what makes me glow from within.

Norna Kook

15. CROWS

I celebrate the calling of Crows,

I celebrate the gathering and flutter,

I sit in the branches,

Take flight,

Carry the Sun deep inside,

Keeping the light hidden and small until it's ready to grow again.

Pete Alcock

16. JUST WALKING

Walking and noticing - walking with enough time to stop and look at things, no deadline to be back by a certain time, route not so long that it is necessary to push hard. There may be faster sections (and for me, exercise helps me access stillness) I do a lot of stopping too, looking in detail, noticing colours, textures, seasonal cycles - dipping between walking and pausing to look and notice.

Cate Williams

17. A WORLD IN MOVEMENT

I celebrate the very movement that is the world around, the starlit skies and silver seas, the green of leaves that dance on Breeze, the burnt sienna of autumn leaf that crunches underfoot and degrades in wet rain, the hot sun on dry sands and heat haze in the distance, I celebrate the very movement of the world around me and breathe it in and exhale it out as I move on and in and through and deeper, ever deeper, into the Stillness and the silence that is praise of the Creator by creation, in creation... That is me in active prayer.

Melanie Carroll

18. ABUNDANCE

The bountiful abundance of plants and all they provide - from food and clothing, through medicine and shelter to breath-taking beauty that sometimes just stops me in my tracks to simply look in wonder.

Alison Morton

19. THE SKY

For the beauty of the sky even right here in suburban NE Massachusetts, I am grateful. (the photo for this section is from Ruth)

Ruth Canonico

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20. BRODGAR

I create “instant charms” when I am out, letting the words grow out of the moment. This one is an extract from the poem Brodgar. There is an entry on the resources page about creating your own prayers in a similar “Celtic” style out of a walk

 

Power of the raven,

Power of the rain on the hills,

Power of the wind over the moor,

Power of the hare in the grass

Be thine.

 

 Grace of the clover,

 Grace of the geese in the loch,

 Grace of the gunmetal grey clouds,

 Grace of the white clouds that catch the light

 Be thine

 

 Stillness of the wave on the shore,

 Stillness of stone in the Ring,

 Stillness of sunrise behind the hills,

 Stillness of long sleep in the hollow hills

 Be thine

 

 Strength of the gull’s freedom

 Strength of the bull’s endurance,

 Strength of the rooks’ gathering

 Strength of the crab’s stealth,

Be thine

Gordon MacLellan

21. WATERY SILENCES

Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, these watery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious, whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle must somehow be felt in the pulse, ebb, and flow of the music that sings in me. My new song must float like a feather on the breath of God.

Hildegard of Bingen

22. ROOKERY IN AUTUMN, 1

Stanin in the gaitherin craws,

Dusk wings in and dark descends tae roost.

The year’s gloamin,

Unturned leaves loose and fa,

Their urgency will burst upon us

Sim ither time.

Peace now

And goud upon the groun

John Hamilton (see #23)

23. ROOKERY IN AUTUMN, 2

Standing in the gathering crows,

Dusk wings in and dark descends to roost.

The year’s gloaming,

Unturned leaves loose and fall,

Their urgency will burst upon us

Some other time.

Peace now

And gold upon the ground


John Hamilton (in English)

24. HONOURING THE SUN

The Sun is a glorious Creature, and its Beams extend to the utmost Stars, by shining on them it cloaths them with light, and by its Rayes exciteth all their influences. It enlightens the Eyes of all the Creatures: It shineth on forty Kingdomes at the same time, on Seas and Continents in a general manner; yet so particularly regardeth all, that every Mote in the Air, every Grain of Dust, every Sand, every Spire of Grass is wholly illuminated thereby, as if it did entirely shine upon that alone. Nor does it onely illuminate all these Objects in an idle manner, its Beams are Operative, enter in, fill the Pores of Things with Spirits, and impregnate them with Powers, cause all their Emanations, Odors, Vertues and Operations; Springs, Rivers, Minerals and Vegetables are all perfected by the Sun, all the Motion, Life and sense of Birds, Beasts and Fishes dependth on the same.

Thomas Traherne (1636 – 1674, English poet and clergyman)

25. THE SONG OF AMERGIN, 1

The Song is a classic of ancient Irish literature. It was the song recited by the druid Amergin from beyond the ninth wave that allowed the Gaels to land on the holy island of Ireland and eventually drive the ancient Tuatha de danann into the hollow hills. For us, here, it becomes  connection between people and place. Use it to give you images to relax into the world around you. There are many translations and much discussions about the old Irish words used. We offer two versions here and hope that one or the other will suit you!

26. THE SONG OF AMERGIN, 2

I am the wind on the sea;

I am the wave of the sea;

I am the bull of seven battles;

I am the eagle on the rock;

I am a flash from the sun;

I am the most beautiful of plants;

I am a strong wild boar;

I am a salmon in the water;

I am a lake in the plain;

I am the word of knowledge;

I am the head of the spear in battle;

I am the god that puts fire in the head;

 Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?

Who can tell the ages of the moon?

Who can tell the place where the sun rests?

Lady Gregory

27. THE SONG OF AMERGIN, 3

I am a wind on the sea;

I am a wave of the sea;

I am the sigh of the wave on the shore;

I am a bull of seven battles;

I am an eagle on the cliff;

I am a tear of the sun;

I am fair among flowers;

I am a strong wild boar;

I ama salmon in the water;

I am a lake on the plain;

I am the word of knowledge;

I am the blade of the spear in battle;

I am the god who kindles inspiration;

 Who knows the paths of the creatures of the deep?

Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?

Who can tell the ages of the moon?

Who can tell the place where the sun rests?

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