This is a prayer I read aloud every morning. I fill in the blanks with whatever thing, idea, person, plan, or attachment I’m particularly mulling over / bothered by / focusing on. I also use this to release things I love. … The people I love. The ideas I love. The outcomes I hope will happen. It’s not that those people and ideas and outcomes are bad or need to go – but my attachments to them do. Attachment keeps me from seeing, and feeling, and being present to What Is In Front Of Me.
*Warning: Don’t say this to your soul or god if you don’t mean it even at least a little bit. … because it works.
Today, in this moment, with your help, God,
I’m here. And I bring ________________ with me.
I release my expectations of what I think life should or should not be,
And I release my resentments and regrets about what I wish life had or had not been.
I release my expectations of what I think I should or should not be,
And I release my resentments and regrets about what I wish I had or had not been.
I release the past: all my shame, doubts, and worries about what I think I should’ve said or did, what I think I shouldn’t’ve said or did, what I tell myself I fucked up, dropped, or forgot. I step into this moment, Now, and let go of everything that has happened before – in my life, and in every other person’s life.
I release the future: all my plans, my attachments, my agendas, my desires, all the things I think need to happen or should happen or have to happen or not happen. I don’t know what’s best; any future that I can want or imagine is nothing compared to what you have created and are creating. I welcome whatever you send me.
God, you love me more than I do, and you love me more fully than I can love myself.
God, you know better, and can see more clearly, what is best for me, and for ________________, than I can.
So today, I thank you for ________________, and for the gifts that ________________ has brought me, for the gifts I see and the gifts I don’t see, for the gifts I like today and the gifts I don’t like today.
I release ________________.
… All of ________________.
I discard expectations about what I ever wanted from ________________.
I discard the things I’ve made ________________ into that she/he/they/it never was at all.
I acknowledge that ________________ is absolutely not what I’ve projected onto her/him/them/it.
You are what brought ________________ into my life; ________________ is not and was never even mine to give up – so, I release even the illusion that ________________ was or is mine in the first place.
I open my hands in surrender, acknowledging that every one around me is her/his own person, with her/his own path to follow, and with her/his own lessons to learn, none of which are my business.
God, you know that it is hard for me to surrender things that I am focused so strongly on.
And it scares me, every day, to pray this prayer to you –
but I choose to trust you when this is difficult and I am not sure how to do it.
Whatever ________________ may look like in my life tomorrow or the next day,
With your help, I will release ________________ to you again. And again. And again.
… amen …
… rinse … repeat …