*My Prayers

My prayers are The food I cook The children I hug The art I create The words I write I need no religion. • • • Photo ©2011 by Jen Payne; sunrise over Narraganset Bay Poem excerpt ©2009 by Eileen Rosensteel, from the 2011 We’Moon Calendar

A Blessing for Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox

Equal hours of light and darkness we celebrate the balance of Mabon, and ask the gods to bless us. For all that is bad, there is good. 
For that which is despair, there is hope. For the moments of pain, there are moments of love. For all that falls, there is the chance to rise […]

Ask And Ye Shall Receive…but what if there are strings attached?

I’ve been working on “manifesting” for a while now. The idea that if you put something out there—offer up a need or request, ask for assistance—you will manifest, or make real, that very thing. Is this praying? Perhaps. But even that practiced form of manifesting feels abstract for a left-brain-leaning, right-brain person such as me. […]

Asking for Directions: Part 2

“Where do you want me to go? What do you want me to do next?” I ask the Universe. “Stop being afraid and shut up,” She tells me. It’s “shut up” in a kind way, don’t get me wrong. (She sounds Yiddish, actually.) And I know what She means. Even I get tired of the […]

Asking for Directions: Part 1

When I was young I would pray for silly things: that I could stay up late to watch TV, that we would have pancakes for breakfast. I also prayed a lot for boys—make him love me, make him not leave. I prayed for world peace, because that’s what you did. And I prayed for my […]