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This Man’s Heartbeat

Posted on: August 1st, 2018 by Alden

Alden on his triycle (circa 1960).

Another prayer in my series for men, inspired by my work with The ManKind Project. Here are links to two of more of my prayers for and about men: “The Descent” and “This Man.”

This Man’s Heartbeat
Let my heart beat
Gentle as a brook,
Gentle as a boy,
Seeing the world with wonder.

Let my heart beat
Strong as the tide,
Strong as a man,
Living these days with passion.

Let love flow through my veins,
Grace and yearning,
Humility and awe,
Kindness and power,
The melody of love,
The harmony of joy,
A baseline of truth,
The tempo of life.

Let my heart beat,
Gentle as a brook
Strong as the tide,
Gentle as a boy,
Strong as a man,
Seeing the world with wonder,
Living these days with passion.

© 2018 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

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I am a King: A Meditation for Men

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by tobendlight

King Warrior WordleIn every man there is a king, a beautiful, wise and powerful man who sees, heals and blesses. Sadly, sometimes we become tyrants, and sometimes we abdicate our duties. This is a meditation to remind myself and other men that all of us have a deep well of spiritual gold. We are men of honor and integrity. We are kings in service to our families, our loved ones, ourselves and the world. Kings in service to the Holy One, G-d of All Being. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.


I am a King: A Meditation for Men
I am a king.
Not the king.
A king.
Like all men,
Born with a seed of majesty,
A gift of the Sovereign of Heaven.
This gift is mine to nurture,
To love,
To hold sacred in service to G-d.

Rock of Truth,
Some men fear this gift,
Hate it, reject it,
Abdicating Your call to heal and create.
Some men grab this gift with zeal,
Tyrants abusing their power,
Destroying and devouring
Land and people.

Rock of Life,
Make me a king with a heart of gold,
Holding my life and the world
As precious gifts,
To honor and to cherish,
To build and to sustain.

Rock of Love,
Bless me so that I bless.
See me so that I see.
Hear me so that I hear.
Then, G-d of Old,
I will be Your servant on earth
All the days of my life.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: Check out these prayers for men: “My Work Remains,” “For the Lost” and “My Heart Knows What It Needs,” as well as a list of other prayers for and about men.

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