Stillness: A deep silence and quiet calm, bringing feelings of peace, solace, contentment and serenity. You may need this book if you have ever felt afraid, unsure, anxious or uncertain...You may need this book if you have ever had sleepless nights, feared the morning, faced difficult decisions, felt worried about the future or craved an answer to lifes many mysteries...You may need this book to start to trust and accept, to forgive and let go, with love and peace. In "Stillness Through My Prayer", Sister Stan shares simple, profound and calming prayers that she herself uses to help her ...
Sr. Stan is a well known social activist, campaigner and founder of a number of voluntary organisations including Focus Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Young Social Innovators . In 1998 she founded the Sanctuary, a meditation centre in the heart of Dublin city (www.sanctuary.ie). The vision of the Sanctuary is - to be..STILLNESS..in the world. The Sanctuary believes that everyone - the child, the teenager, the adult - can access this place of stillness within themselves and that once it is part of their consciousness, its potential for their well-being and the well-being of society is huge.
- BEYOND FEAR
Help me arise today like the morning sun, feeling
safe, protected, watched over, cared for.
Help me arise today with courage to ascend
beyond the fray, regardless of difficulties, threats
assailing me, criticisms meeting me, knowing
nothing can destroy the gift of who I am.
Help me make something of this day, before it is
too late, before letting it go. Let me give myself to
the joy of the day before leaving it.
To know the light we must know the dark.
To be full we must be empty.
Bring me comfort, bring me support, help me to
feel safe, give me something to hold on to.
There is never a moment that isnt an opportunity
to create something new.
There is never a moment when there isnt something to let go.
There is never a moment that isnt an opportunity
to make space for the new by letting go
of the old.
in time of fortitude, sturdiness;
in the face of loss, robustness;
in the face of difficulty; tenacity;
So that I can begin again in the face of adversity ,
suffused with hope.
Help me believe that the pain of life, accepted
with courage, awakens love, stirs compassion,
melts my hardness, frees my creativity,
opens my mind.
Help me to listen to the quiet voice within, the
unheard voices around me. There are voices
speaking to me, teaching me, reminding me who
it is I am, where it is I am going.
Help me to sift the viable from the moribund
separate the gold from the dross, reflect on what
I need, what I can let go of before moving on.
When negativity is lurking, watching, waiting, it
is trying to take hold. Negativity faced,
acknowledged, confronted, named and claimed,
frees me to let it go.
Waiting in the darkness of blindness,
helplessness and hopelessness calls forth faith and trust - a
letting go, as I await Gods coming.
Children delighting in bog, in swampy lands
where large water pools form.
Children in their wisdom teaching us to watch
Nelson Mandela spent time - twenty-seven years
- locked up, waiting, imprisoned in darkness.
Waiting in darkness, he became light, shining for
his people, party, country, world.
Darkness faced alone - desolation, emptiness,
loneliness, confusion, fear.
Darkness accepted, faced with faith, hope, love ,
new life born within us, bringing peace, courage,
In darkness, everything appears meaningless;
prayer valueless, God distant, people aloof, life
empty, inspiration absent.
Gazing on God in the sanctuary of my heart,
darkness invites me to know without
It is in not knowing that I know.
My doubt - painful, embarrassing, confusing;
makes me feel failure, blocking my ability
My Faith - struggling, striving, persisting; light in
crisis, bringing me home to myself as I welcome
Becoming myself, here, now, today. Growing,
blossoming, blooming, blessing, radiating,
peacefully, happily, joyfully,
with who I am.
Help me integrate the different facets of my life.
Reduce the power of darkness over me, make the
hostile hospitable, the strange familiar. Help me
Boredom. Life force blocked, enthusiasm sapped,
energy dissipated, feelings trapped, fears
preventing me from experiencing joy.
By facing my fears, expressing my feelings,
releasing my energy, feeling my enthusiasm,
freeing my creativity, boredom dissipates and joy
Suffering humanity. Alone. Not alone. Alone in
this suffering. Not alone in suffering.
Shadows follow me everywhere, every day.
Unrecognised, repressed, disowned, cast aside,
they frighten me.
Confronted, recognised, acknowledged, claimed
and named, they illuminate and guide me,
bringing comfort and peace.
Loneliness, a universal human condition.
With loneliness unacknowledged, I feel rejected,
denied, avoided. With loneliness faced, I feel
understood, accepted, at peace.
Living according to the expectations of others, we
become a collection of masks, defined roles always
looking for a challenge, a crisis to solve, someone
to heal, something, anything to fill our
Help me accept my emptiness, embrace my
aloneness. I grow and blossom, finding the person
I am called to be - my true self.
Help me to move beyond my fears, to move into
them, acknowledge, name, accept, confront,
discuss and talk them over until they dissipate,
disappear, lose their power over me.
By- accepting myself and others, by allowing mine
and others weaknesses transform me, I open to
the next moment with new awareness and a
Creation reflected upon and prayed over leads to
gratitude as I discover a new power within me,
beyond me, present to me, nourishing me, serving
my every need, calling me to new depths each day.
Negativity unacknowledged is draining, alluring,
addictive, crippling, controlling.
Negativity faced, named, claimed brings
awareness, peace, integrity, dignity, freedom, truth
Living in the moment ensures I do not miss the
present or find it gone before I have
Lord, ensure I do not find the day has passed me
by before I have fully lived it. Help me greet the
night with gratitude. Help me welcome death
when its moment comes.
Fear acknowledged, accepted, honoured and
worked with is a way to my inner peace.
Help me to face the unseen with courage. Free
me to look forward, believe in goodness, to meet
and embrace each new day.