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Father's Day Meditation and Prayer
Blessed be all fathers, they give so much of themselves for the benefit of their children and family. Fathers and mothers have the duty to lead the children as a strong unit into adulthood and pass along values from one generation to the next. Children need the strength and guidance of a father from the cradle on. We live in a world where it takes both sexes to create a human being - proof that even at the very earliest moments we need father and mother.
Meditation in honor of fathers
Begin by choosing a spot where you will have some privacy and not be disturbed. If the weather is warm enough, a bench in the garden is a good choice. Other places outdoors include the beach, the park, a meadow, the barn if on a farm. The sounds of animals in nature are okay for meditation, as they don't require you to talk back to them. If you do go away from home let someone know where you are going to be.
When you are ready to meditate sit up straight with your hands fold in your lap, or placed palms up or palms down on your thighs. Close your eyes and take a deep inhalation, then slowly exhale. Begin to breathe evenly at your regular pace, such as one count to inhale and one count to exhale. Continue this rhythmic pattern throughout your meditation. You needn't say the counts, just keep the rhythm going.
Take a minute to observe your breath going in and out. Notice that you are watching your breath, almost as if you are a bystander. The act of being the observer allows your body to harmonize its natural functions mentally, emotionally, physically. It puts you in a quiet state of mind.
In this calm state begin to reflect on fathers. First send loving thoughts to the man you look to as your father - it could be a grandfather, uncle, stepfather or friend. Say an appreciation for what they did to lead you to a productive adulthood. If times were rough at home or still are, send out soothing thoughts.
Finish your Father's Day meditation with a short prayer of blessing and thankfulness. Then inhale deeply, exhale, open your eyes, stretch out and go forward with your day in a kind and caring way.
Fathers everywhere be blessed
We know you give your very best.
Your children we will always be
And lead our own most faithfully.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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