In The Jewish Tradition
A Blessing for Nurses
Source of Life
Care for our nurses
As they serve in the time of our deepest needs.
Bless their hands with gentleness
Their eyes with clarity
Their hearts with sincerity
And their souls with love.
So that they become a fountain of healing.
Bless them with courage and strength.
Grant them satisfaction from their work,
Joy and rest
Safety and peace in their lives.
Bless all who serve in the nursing professions
With your warmth and shelter,
Even as we bless them,
With our eternal gratitude and love.
In The Eastern Tradition
Letter and Blessings for Health Care Workers
Thank you for the work that you do. My appreciation comes with my personal experience of being cared for in the last 3 years by myriad beings in the health care field. There are no words to express the depth of my appreciation, for the humanness that has helped to keep me feeling human, for gentleness coupled with great expertise, for the smiles that lift me up, and for being able to surrender and lean into the knowing that I am in good hands.
In this challenging time, witnessing these difficult deaths, the parameters of your job are changing. Lines are being removed to encompass a broader and more holistic experience. This has required a transition— a shift from Doing to Being, when the best gift you can offer is your presence. It is an honor to witness and hold space for the dying.
I honor your work, your strength, and your care of the dying. Blessings are inherent in what you do. You are the blessing. Your service brings connection – with your Self, with another, subtly with everyone, everywhere, and with God, Universe, Guru, whichever or whoever you look to… Your true nature, and the true nature of everything, is revealed.
Faith and love are always present. They are accessible in this moment. In the presence of love, fear does not exist. In the presence of faith we are never alone. When you shift from Doing to Being, when you are in the moment, you can experience this — both for yourself and your patient. Others around you can feel it too. Find grounding and bring in joy and peace. Breathe with your patient, breathe for them. Say prayers with and for them. Have no ego, no expectations. Again, your presence is enough to support them on their journey. How beautiful is that. May your gift of caring for others also be a gift for you. May these experiences be an opportunity for deep contemplation on your own death, for resolution, for clear understanding of what’s most important in life. An opportunity to develop compassion and gratitude, and to let go of any regret.
May this short Vedic prayer bring comfort:
“Lead me from darkness to light, from death to immortality.” I cannot be hurt, cannot be lost, and the world is perfect.”
In The Humanistic Tradition
A Universal Blessing for Nurses and Healthcare Providers
I offer this as a humble gift… a virtual kind of coming together in this moment… a blessing to ourselves and this sacred work of healing, of caring. Not only a blessing, but a reminder. In this offering my hope is that you know you are not alone.
I invite you to perhaps close your eyes wherever it is that you find yourself right now and take a few nice deep breaths with me– simply following the empty breath. As we breathe, we exhale deeply and we just let go in this moment of all that we cannot know, the questions we cannot answer, the problems we cannot fix, the sorrow we cannot erase… and we breathe into a place beneath all of that. In that place, there is calm. Life is as it needs to be. The place where we are connected to one another, to nature, to the source of life itself.
In that place I invite you to let the words of this blessing wash over you… perhaps seeping inside…
May our eyes remain open even in the face of tragedy.
May we not become disheartened.
May we find in the dissolution
of our apathy and denial,
the cup of the broken heart.
May we discover the gift of the fire burning
in the inner chamber of our being –
burning great and bright enough
to transform any poison.
May we offer the power of our sorrow to the service
of something greater than ourselves.
May our guilt not rise up to form
yet another defensive wall.
May the suffering purify and not paralyze us.
May we realize the greatness of our sorrow
and not run from its touch or flame.
May clarity be our ally and wisdom our support.
May our wrath be cleansing, cutting through
the confusion of denial and greed.
May we not be afraid to see or speak our truth.
May the bleakness of the wasteland be dispelled.
May the soul’s journey be revealed
and the true hunger fed.
May we be forgiven for what we have forgotten
and blessed with the remembrance
of who we really are.
So be it.
(This prayer was created by the Terma Collective from a book called Life Prayers by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon.)
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