Wisdom-Filled Words And Rituals
Words have immense power. Whether they are read silently, spoken aloud, whispered or sung, sounds combined with intention can communicate much more than we know. At Body, Mind and Spiritual Wellness, when we find prayers and blessings that inspire us, we love to share them with you. The Prayers and blessings we share here are powerful passages, words of wisdom, ceremonies and/or rituals that hail from multiple cultures and periods of history. For those on a spiritual path, these are teachings to live by.
Prayers and blessings aren’t necessarily religious or denominational, and can be shared and used by anyone. You may find that different prayers will resonate with you at different times in your life. Sometimes simply reading the words can imbibe you with their intent. At other times, when repeated out loud, the meaning of the words is revealed even more deeply. A prayer may help you get through a tough time, or simply provide a way for you appreciate your life more.
Do prayer and blessings actually work?
The power of prayer and blessings has been utilized cross-culturally for thousands of years, often alongside medicine. The efficacy of prayer has been the topic of various scientific studies since the 1800s. Many studies have shown measurable health benefits associated with prayer. Most traditional blessings and prayers, folk rites, and ceremonies were passed down through oral traditions for generations before they were written down. Although their interpretation may have changed over the years, they contain a universal wisdom that withstands the passage of time. These words inspire change on both a collective and a personal level. Ancient traditions used prayers and blessings to commune with the divine for transformation. In modern times, these ancient rites are still as powerful as ever to help us transform ourselves—whether it’s simply to improve our day or to radically change our lives.
To make your prayers and blessings more powerful, set your intentions first.
When you use the prayers and blessings shared here, we encourage you to take a moment to set your intention for the practice. This doesn’t have to be time-consuming; it can be as simple as taking a few breaths and centering yourself before you engage with these powerful words.
Imagine what you want to feel or experience from the prayer or blessing, and hold a clear vision of that in your mind before you begin. As you read or recite each line, hold that image of what you desire—see it, feel it, and believe in it. You are accessing ancient wisdom with the power to create remarkable results.
You may want to create a sacred space in your home, office, or backyard for doing prayers and blessings on a regular basis. This doesn’t have to be elaborate, and may be as simple as a cloth placed over the top of a box in a private corner of your home. The more comfortable you feel when you use these sacred texts, the more open you’ll be to receiving their benefit.