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Buddhist prayer helps woman let go of obsessive preoccupation and resentment.

21 Jun
A woman who was unfairly fired from her job so the boss’s girlfriend could replace her, finds a Buddhist prayer that helps her let go with obsessive preoccupation and resentment..
Dear BR,

Last year, in spite of working effectively and conscientiously at my job for 2 years, I was unfairly fired for bogus reasons and replaced by my boss’s girlfriend. I explored legal recourse, but found I had none.

I obsessed for months with thoughts of getting even, getting reinstated, validated and vindicated. I fantasized about doing really bad things to my ex-boss, my replacement and even my ex-co-workers. I couldn’t sleep. I was worked up, day and night. The quality of my life was ruined, and I was having trouble finding a new job, because I was so preoccupied with the old one. My friends worried about me.

A good friend took me aside and gave me a little prayer card. No lectures, no pep-talks, just a little fold-out prayer card, with a different prayer for each day of the week from different traditions. I started saying one of the prayers every day, many times a day. It came from the Buddhist tradition. Here it is:

I am peace.
Surrounded by peace.
Secure in peace.
Peace protects me.
Peace supports me.
Peace is in me.
Peace is mine -
All is well.

Peace to all beings.
Peace from all beings.
I am steeped in peace.
Absorbed in peace.
In the streets, at our work,
Having peaceful thoughts,
Peaceful words,
Peaceful acts.

I repeated this prayer in the morning and the evening and whenever my thoughts turned to how I had been injured and mistreated. At first it felt false. I could not connect to the meaning of the words. But I persisted somehow. After a couple of weeks, I could sense a change was taking place within me. I was softening. It felt really good to start to let go.

I continue with my prayer every day. Part of me is amazed that such a simple meditation could help so powerfully. BR, you would say it’s a "positive brainwashing" that’s taking place. I decided to write about it, because there is too much anger and resentment in this world.

I have 2 job interviews this coming week. Wish me luck.

Lucy C.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award