Heart Prayers for my Life

Preamble 
The following sentences help me to integrate my values and support me in bringing an attitude of nonviolence into every aspect of my life.

When I notice that I am unable to do what I deeply wish to do with respect to my heart intentions, I want to seek support from other people to research the obstacle. And I invite myself to see my request for support as a gift.

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Heart prayers for myself 
1. I want to meet myself, my actions and decisions, my inner conflicts in an open and non-judgmental way, with compassionate understanding.

2. I want to be compassionately present for my feelings – pleasant and unpleasant ones.

3. I want to unfold my potential fully and I want to accept with compassion my fear to stand in the light.

4. I want to take responsibility for my feelings and needs as well as for my decisions and actions – especially in challenging times.

5. I want to take good care of my spiritual and physical wellbeing.

6. I want to honor my borders and respect the wisdom of my body.

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Heart prayers for others 
7. I want to meet people with love, especially in challenging moments of my life.

8. I want to trust in the innocence of people, especially when I do not understand their words or actions or if I am fearful about what I hear or see.

9. I want to hold a relaxed presence when meeting strong feelings or judgments — of other people and myself.

10. I always want to honor with gratitude all opportunities to give. I want to practice generosity, even when my resources seem limited to me.

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Heart prayers for the interaction with others 
11. I want to express myself in a vulnerable and authentic way and relate to others and myself in a mindful and compassionate way. I want to melt down my shame, expand my feeling of self-worth.

12. I want to see the gift in the feedback of others, in order to learn and grow.

13. I want to be able to change my interests in dialoguue, no matter how important my interests seem to me.

14. Even when there are many obstacles in a particular relationship of mine, I want to remain open to solve the problems with the support of others.

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Heart prayers for all of life 
15. I want to open my heart for the abundance and universal connectedness of all life, even when I experience separation or deep isolation.

16. Even when faced with immense changes, great misfortune or deep disappointents, I want to keep open with respect to life.

17. I want to nourish gratitude for the gifts of life, even when I experience deep sorrow.

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© John Gather 2019 – summarized and adapted from an earlier version of the Core Commitments by Miki Kashtan – See: http://thefearlessheart.org/resources/core-commitments/