Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Indigenous Prayer for Work

So I guess Labor Day is one of those holidays that brings up feelings for me. Even though I don't know too much about its history, I have been inclined for the past two years to reflect on work.

Over the weekend two different people told me that I love my job, which totally pissed me off. Reflecting on what aggravated me, I realized it bothered my ego because they made it seem so simple, and it irritated me because they were making an assumption. I've never told either of them I love my job. Loving teaching yoga for me is a process. I feel like I've been doing it for a long time, and it takes a lot for me to stay inspired. Turns out, the process is simple. I am grateful that I teach yoga, which means I practice loving it; sometimes it’s easy and other times, it’s not.

Tell you one thing real though, this Indigenous Prayer for Work big time reminds me of all there is to be grateful for, that I don’t need a reason, and that it can be simple:

"Great mystery, powers of the water, I send a voice in prayer, I'm asking for entrance through the gates of knowledge; I'm seeking to cross the realms. Spirits of the water, help me be fluid today to move easily with this work. I turn to the setting sun in the place between day and night, asking guidance for intuition. I pray for the right doors to open, for the ability to look within and make good medicine from my gifts so that it supports the work and supports the earth and supports the friends and supports the family. I pray that I can grow within this work and be of service to others. Powers of twilight, I walk in your mystery and open to your gifts that want to be served today through my work. Thank you for the blessing of work, thank you for the blessing of gifts, thank you for the blessing of the earth."


danielle said...

this is beautiful LP!

Ashleigh Beyer said...

Thanks so much for reading LP! #tipsandtricksforlife :)

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