I want to share a simple and beautiful prayer of acceptance called the serenity prayer. We pray this prayer and fall into a place of acceptance in our lives.
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This prayer for acceptance and guidance for change became famous when it
was adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other twelve-step
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The serenity prayer can also be said as an affirmation:
In difficult times, living with hardship, I practised meeting the frustration and not-knowing with this prayer for guidance and acceptance.
I was willing to switch from fear and desperation to trust.
It can be so hard to know those things in our life we can fight to change, and those things we need to meet with acceptance.
It brought me comfort to hand over the decision and ask God to guide me.
It felt good to affirm that I had the wisdom to distinguish between the two. I certainly didn't feel I had the wisdom.
When life is difficult, we can be reluctant to accept things as they
are. We think if we do so, they will just stay the same. But acceptance
and resignation are not at all the same thing.
It is a paradox, but when we truly sink into the present moment and accept things as we are, our lives can shift in quite magical ways.
In a moment of acceptance, by saying the serenity prayer we are saying:
I can handle this.
God can handle this.
There is an answer even if I don't know what it is just yet.
The Universe responds to our trust.
When you are living with chronic illness, particularly an illness which requires energy management like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS it can be so hard to know what you need to change and what you need to accept.
In any moment, we can ask:
“Do I need to rest or to keep active?”
“Do I avoid what I am allergic to or expose myself to it?”
“Is it right to try the next treatment or to concentrate on resting?”
Often, I would find myself saying:
“I don't know what to do.”
I learned to watch out for these words. I replaced them with the serenity prayer. I was willing to trust.
Here is another affirmation for spiritual guidance.
I said this short affirmation prayer for guidance a lot!!! each time I found myself saying:
"Aaargh, what can I do?"
"Everything I do seems to be the wrong thing."
I switched my thoughts and replaced them with:
I would say the affirmation for guidance and be willing to rest in the space of trusting God for the guidance I needed.
To put it another way, I am willing to access the part of me that is always in touch with Divine guidance and always knows what to do.
I hold a place for you to touch that place of knowing right now:
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