The Felt Sense Prayer

So I implore you, I am a messenger with good news, as disturbing as I can be at times.

I am wanting to guide you back to those tender places in yourself, the places where you can hold yourself with compassion and honesty.

If you look beyond my appearance you may find that I am a voice from your soul.

Calling to you from places deep within that seek your conscious alignment.

– Felt Sense Prayer, Author Unknown
I have recently started Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield’s Mindfulness Daily 40-Day Meditation Program online. It is a free program to guide you through a 10-minute meditation practice every day. Teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield spend the first few minutes of each day unpacking and detailing different ways to stay grounded and mindful during the meditation. As you practice this daily for 40 days, you will start to imbibe the lessons and change the programming within you towards becoming more mindful and present in each day, even after the meditation.

This is how it was beautifully put in Jack Kornfield’s website:

In each lesson, there is guidance on integrating mindfulness into all facets of your day. You’ll move through a progression of topics – including opening to the body and breath, working with physical pain and emotional challenges, and bringing mindfulness into relationships. Each time you sit to meditate you give yourself the gift of awareness and presence. And by the end of 40 days, you will have the grounds for a practice that can bring increasing clarity and wisdom, resilience and love to your life.

If this sounds inviting for you, I encourage you to sign up for the program through this link.


Today was my Day 10 and I was particularly struck by the essay that Tara Brach shared with regards to re-establishing your deep connection with the body so you can take care of it as well as our bigger body, the planet Earth.

Allow me to share the beautifully written essay by an anonymous writer entitled, “Felt Sense Prayer.”

I am the pain in your head, the knot in your stomach, the unspoken grief in your smile.
I am your high blood sugar, your elevated blood pressure, your fear of challenge, your lack of trust.
I am your hot flashes, your cold hands and feet, your agitation and your fatigue.
I am your shortness of breath, your fragile low back, the cramp in your neck, the despair in your sigh.
I am the pressure on your heart, the pain down your arm, your bloated abdomen, your constant hunger.
I am where you hurt, the fear that persists, your sadness of dreams unfulfilled.
I am your symptoms, the causes of your concern, the signs of imbalance, your condition of dis-ease.

You tend to disown me, suppress me, ignore me, inflate me, coddle me, condemn me.
I am not coming forth for myself as I am not separate from all that is you.
I come to garner your attention, to enjoin your embrace so I can reveal my secrets.
I have only your best interests at heart as I seek health and wholeness by simply announcing myself.

You usually want me to go away immediately, to disappear, to sleek back into obscurity.
You mostly are irritated or frightened and many times shocked by my arrival.
From this stance you medicate in order to eradicate me.
Ignoring me, not exploring me, is your preferred response.
More times than not I am only the most recent notes of a long symphony, the most evident branches of roots that have been challenged for seasons.

So I implore you, I am a messenger with good news, as disturbing as I can be at times.
I am wanting to guide you back to those tender places in yourself, the places where you can hold yourself with compassion and honesty.
If you look beyond my appearance you may find that I am a voice from your soul.
Calling to you from places deep within that seek your conscious alignment.

I may ask you to alter your diet, get more sleep, exercise regularly, breathe more consciously.
I might encourage you to see a vaster reality and worry less about the day to day fluctuations of life.
I may ask you to explore the bonds and the wounds of your relationships.
I may remind you to be more generous and expansive or to attend to protecting your heart from insult.
I might have you laugh more, spend more time in nature, eat when you are hungry and less when pained or bored, spend time every day, if only for a few minutes, being still.

Wherever I lead you, my hope is that you will realize that success will not be measured by my eradication, but by the shift in the internal landscape from which I emerge.

I am your friend, not your enemy. I have no desire to bring pain and suffering into your life.
I am simply tugging at your sleeve, too long immune to gentle nudges.
I desire for you to allow me to speak to you in a way that enlivens your higher instincts for self care.
My charge is to energize you to listen to me with the sensitive ear and heart of a mother attending to her precious baby.

You are a being so vast, so complex, with amazing capacities for self-regulation and healing.
Let me be one of the harbingers that leads you to the mysterious core of your being where insight and wisdom are naturally available when called upon with a sincere heart.

Thank you, dear anonymous writer, for this captivating work.
May we all be reminded of the beauty of both the dark and light, of the value of being intimately connected and open to the vibrations of the Universe, and the wisdom that comes from knowing who were truly are.
Namaste, Holy Beings! Have a wonderful week ahead.

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