Guarded, Guided, Protected

Holy week, the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter, is a time of intense spiritual focus. This year, Holy Week overlaps with Passover, a celebration of freedom.

Let us consider these Holy Days in the light of COVID-19.

We have all sacrificed. It may feel like we’re imprisoned at home, like we’re isolated and out of control. But I remember what Kasturba Gandhi once said, when an interviewer asked her, “how do you feel about being imprisoned?”

“There is no prison,” she replied.

Prison is a perception.   When we feel bound by outer restrictions or inner tribulations, the sensation of imprisonment can be overcome through spiritual practice. Through intentional labors of heart and mind, we can loosen the chains of our limited perceptions and claim the strength of a resilient global community that empowers all beings.

One of our church members Debra W., suggested that we practice a mala together.

A mala is string of prayer beads commonly used in Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Shintō for the spiritual practice known in Sanskrit as japa. Most malas have 108 beads, or some other multiple of 9.

I extend this invitation to our Center members but also to the blog and Facebook communities.

If this feels authentic to you, please say one or more of these affirmations, 108 times, every day for the next few days:

  1. I am guarded, guided, and protected by the power of Love.
  2. We are guarded, guided, and protected by the power of Love.
  3. << insert name of someone specific or general, such as health care workers>> is/are guarded, guided, and protected by the power of Love.

 Bless the world with your deliberate goodness. Let us know how it goes, how you feel, and what changes for you.

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4 Responses to Guarded, Guided, Protected

  1. Monica says:

    What a beautiful offering, I will try it this week – what is the significance of 108? I’m always intrigued by numerical details, if you add the numbers you get 9 which is the Hermit card (in the tarot) a message to go within and seek your divine center. Blessings to you and yours!
    Monica

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    • Bonnie says:

      Hi – sorry it took a while to answer! I don’t know a lot about the 108, but I do know that most malas are a multiple of 9. 9 is sacred – it’s 3 threes and three is considered a sacred number of creation. Nine is also amazing because every multiple of nine adds up to nine – such as 27:2 + 7 + 9, and so on. Thank you for the reminder about the Tarot. Makes sense! xo

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  2. Janet Huber says:

    Bonnie and Debra W.,
    Thank you so much for these affirmations to use with the mala beads. I am praying these every day and feel their healing power. I love using every bead to pray for individuals I know and love, people with whom I have a challenge with loving, and for each city, state, and country I can think of. I feel empowered that I am making a difference in healing the earth of covid-19.
    For those of you who don’t have mala beads, try using a beaded necklace or bracelet. It is just as effective! Moving the beads in your hands while saying the affirmations is healing in itself!
    Sending love and healing light to each one of you,
    Janet H

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