Spiritual Practices: Six Gestures of the Morning Prayer

I have used this prayer often, and it always helps me move into the day with intention and joy. It is by Joyce Rupp from her book Out of the Ordinary. I post it here with her permission. The video will help you see it in action.

  1. We offer the Creator praise and gratitude:

Stretch your arms high and wide above your head.

            I thank you, Holy One, for the gift of another day of

            life.

2. We intentionally become aware of our spiritual bond with all of creation:

Hold arms out from your sides, a little below shoulder height.  Pivot to the left and to the right with your arms stretching outward toward the cosmos.

            I reach out in compassion to my sisters and brothers

            throughout the universe.

3. Offering my life to the Holy One:

Stretch your arms out straight in front of you, slightly apart, palms up.

I give to you all I am and all I have.

4. Opening to accept what the Holy One offers me this day:

Pull your hands close together and cup them as a container.

I open my entire being to receive the gift that you have waiting for me in this new day.

5. Remembering to be kind to our planet Earth:

Bend over, reach down, and touch the floor.

I touch this planet Earth, with awe, reverence, and gratitude, promising to care well for her today.

6. Awareness of the indwelling presence of the Holy One:

Stand with crossed hands over your heart, and bow forward.

May I be united with you throughout this day, aware of your love strengthening me and shining through me. 

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