Chewing the Cud

Sat, ruminating;
Contemplating life’s trials –
Don’t have the stomach

written in response to today’s prompt at the Daily Post

ruminate ˈruːmɪneɪt/
1. think deeply about something.
2. (of a ruminant) chew the cud.

May I Remain in You

In the face of provocation
In the face of temptation
And my own complacency
May I stay true to myself
May I honour You, my God
May I love others as You do
May I bind myself to You
To Your will
Your purpose
And remain in You

A Prayer by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Refuse to fall down
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you from lifting your heart
toward heaven
only you.
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die