beneath our feet
blessed be your name.
Your wisdom come
your love be felt
that we can make it a heaven.
Give us today our daily compassion
and forgive us for loving ourselves too little.
Lead us not into separation,
but bring us to balance;
for thine is the earth
the wonder and the beauty,
for ever and ever.
Living in Aotearoa/New Zealand we have a special relationship to the land and the nature that surrounds us. One day a few years ago, when I was living on Karitane beach I came up with this feminine companion to the Our Father and called it Our Mother. It is a simple prayer, but I feel that it has great power in that it balances the masculine imagery and energy that we have come to know so well, with the lesser known but no less important feminine perspective.
Most of us can recite the Our Father, which is at the heart of all Christian spirituality. This prayer has given me great comfort over the years as has the Hail Mary.
But as I have grown and evolved I have been questioning more and more the lack of feminine influences in the Christian spiritual tradition. Things are slowly changing and Pope Francis is finally speaking out on behalf of Mother Earth, but there is a long way to go.
I love this prayer and bring it to mind whenever I feel the need to feel the relief of the ground beneath my feet, or be comforted by the compassionate feminine energy embodied in nature.
I share it with you in the way it was shared with me...in the spirit of love, balance and increased compassion for our world.
My latest batch of soul stones are inspired by this prayer and many of them carry words and phrases found in the simple prayer above. They act as a reminder of the love and beauty that surround us, and they bring us back to simple truths that we are sometimes too busy to remember.
Thanks so much for reading and I hope you take some soul food with you through the rest of your day x