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One of my favorite Celtic spiritual practices is the circling prayer.  Circling prayers known as Caim prayers are used to create a ring of love, blessing and protection around one's self or around others.

The one I like to use when I walk in nature comes from St. Columba:

"Bless to me the sky that is above me,

Bless to me the ground that is beneath me,

Bless to me the friends, furry, feathered or fronded - who are around me.

Bless to me the love of the Three Deep within me and encircling me.  Amen"

I often pray over my calendar asking Spirit to circle me and guide me to create healthy boundaries so I can steward my gifts and the blessings in my life well.  I ask Spirit's help to ensure I have energy for my family and friends because I have such a passion for my work, I can easily give too much of my energy to my vocation. I also ask for help to ensure I have time for my wellness and spirituality.  All too often the self-care practices are the ones I drop when life gets busy. 

Circling prayers help us invite Spirit's encompassing presence into the circumstances we face and the issues we care about.


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