A Prayer for the Pandemic
by Celia Landman
Where there are anxiety and fear, may we find our still center even in the midst of this.
Where there are anger and frustration at confinement, may we give ourselves permission to rest.
Where there is loss of income and fear for our family’s wellbeing, may we be willing to trust that there are kindness and support in this world.
Where there is disregard for others, may we remember that simple acts of renunciation—staying home and non-doing, can save lives.
Where there are panic and hoarding, may we open to generosity and recognize that we belong to each other.
Where there are denial and dismissal, may we embrace all people’s feelings with respect and consideration.
Where there are vulnerable lives, may we be a continued presence of compassionate care.
Where there is impatience, may we enjoy slowing down and find ease.
When we feel like victims, may we know this situation is not personal.
Where there is anxiety for our health and those we love, may we understand that these bodies are subject to natural laws.
Where there are despair and hopelessness, may we know that we are life without end.
When we are irritable and grumpy, may we remember that we are here to love each other.
When we are overwhelmed, may we stand in the beauty of the natural world.
When we don’t want to do this anymore, may we look at ourselves with the tenderness of a mother holding a scared child.
When we fear for our lives, may we remember we exist beyond the beginning and ending of this limited body.
When we feel alone, may we remember that each one of us is connected to all the lives, the stars and planets and that we belong to this Earth.
When we are confused, may we know how to stop and listen to our own wisdom.
And when we are scared, may we reach into the world and find our family is here, with us all along.