This is meditation about living a life of humility in service to G-d, ourselves and others. It can be said at any time of the year. It has particular relevance during the Counting the Omer and the Hebrew month of Elul. To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
G-d, give me a quiet heart,
A peaceful heart,
A humble heart.
Teach me to be gentle with myself,
So that I may be gentle with others.
Teach me to be patient with myself,
So that I may be patient with others.
Teach me kindness and gratitude,
Joy and humor,
Strength and forgiveness,
Trust and faith,
Openness, willingness and surrender.
To Praise, not to be praised.
To Bless, not to be blessed.
To Glorify, not to be glorified.
To Extol, not to be extolled.
To Sanctify, not to be sanctified.
So that all will go well with your People Israel.
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