#ESMEINK : “Life & Beyond” Day 18

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{Life & Beyond}

I’m opening up today’s journal with a native american prayer that I just feel the need to address.

{ THE NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER }

Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world-hear me-I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I see seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

This speaks to me on such a deep level.  Ultimately, I believe it means to dedicate one’s life to become as attuned and connected as possible to the higher power and self. This is not easy. Daily journals have kept me more grounded and present than I’ve ever been  in my life.

But when life gets busy, it’s so easy to miss out on beautiful things. Like a sunrise or sunset. The stars. The moon. Forgetting to work on self. It’s easy to miss life’s lessons when I’m not paying attention to those moments in-between thoughts. I must continue to focus in order to grow daily, and pay attention to “coincidences”, as well as understand life’s lessons when I recognize them, in preparing for whatever it is that may be next. Heaven, reincarnation, etc.

I feel, that this kind of life preparation is like “putting away a pension for the soul.”

If I ask myself the question, “Im I prepared to die?”, It first makes me cringe, but then also makes me realize that my answer would be “definitely not.”

For obvious reasons, such as wanting to spend more time with my loved ones, and having so much I still want to do on this planet, I’m not ready to go. I’m not ready, because I want my soul to be prepared. Because when my soul leaves my body, It will be better prepared for whatever is next.

“Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.”

My body is a beautiful vessel that allows me to use my physical senses to experience joy in this life. I may not have those senses in the next chapter, so I want to use them as best as I can.

“let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice.”

 

I want to continue to grow my spirit. When this 30 days of ink comes to an end, I do not want to have my efforts fall wayside. I want this to propel me forward into deeper spiritual growth. I want to meet more leaders and elders to learn from in this realm.

Today, I will begin to create a bucket list. I don’t know what it looks like exactly, or how many things I will have on it. But I think seeing these things written down, will keep me excited and motivated to use my human vessel to achieve dreams, no matter how big or small they may be.

I’m starting to realize, how beautiful it is, to grow old!  And mostly, it’s perspective.

#ESMEINK Journal Entry by Lise-Marie Johnson

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