Quick Meditation at Noon

high_noon_sun-1024x682This is from a set of meditations for use when prayer time is brief, like waiting in line at the grocery story or stopped at a red light, as well as for those daily in between moments and for mornings when you need to get off to work quickly. Other prayers in this series are: “Quick Meditation for Today,” “Your Name: Quick Prayer at Dusk” and “Quick Meditation at Night.” To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.


Quick Meditation at Noon
There’s still time to live this day with intention,
To set aside petty thoughts and small tasks,
To see myself with dignity and grace.

There’s still time to live this day with my hands and my heart,
To walk with strength
To act with courage,
To offer kindness,
To build and to sustain,
To embrace and to bless.

G-d of forgiveness,
Thank you for the gift of hope
That you’ve planted in every moment,
The gift of renewal that You’ve given to every hour,
So that we may find the way
To redeem our days with holiness.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.”

Postscript: “A Moment of Blessing” and “Morning Blessings” are slightly longer and lovely prayers to use to start the day. Other quick prayers are: “Quick Meditation for Today,” “Your Name: Quick Prayer at Dusk” and “Quick Meditation at Night.”

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