Inspiration Wednesday – My Favorite Prayer
My Favorite Prayer
I came across this prayer a while ago when I was looking through my notebook and it has become my favorite prayer. It seemed to find me at the perfect time of my life and so I have been reciting this prayer every night before bed for the past couple of weeks and it holds a powerful message to me.
Buddhists believe that prayers hold vibrations since everything is made up of energy, so when we pray we are connecting to the universe and everything in it. When we pray and live from a place of compassion, we bring healing to ourselves and others.
It goes like this:
“May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.
May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil, or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.
May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds,
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.
May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food;
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.
May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness, and prosperity.
May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests;
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.
May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.
May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power,
And may people think of benefiting each other.
For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.”
Do you have a favorite prayer or mantra that holds a powerful meaning to you? I would love to hear if you do.