I journeyed to Death Valley this week to get out of the rain and into the light. What I thought would be desolate and empty actually filled my soul with intense peace. A prayer and ritual came to me there, and I share it with you in hopes it can spread that peace…
First, gather some rocks in your hands. They symbolize the weight of what you’ve been carrying. Slowly release the rocks while reading the following prayer. Finish the prayer with empty hands and a full heart.
There’s a light in my heart like a candle flame, slowly growing bigger as I realize the prayer of Death Valley…
Death Valley is expansive, still, quiet, and most of all, peaceful… like death must be.
I stand here to honor and let go of the deaths of my grandparents, ancestors, and lineage. I honor and release the untimely passing of friends. I honor and release deaths of relationships, life phases, my younger self, and my innocence.
I honor and let go of my body’s eventual death, the changing and passing of form, memory, and thoughts. I honor and release my self-destructive habits and thinking. I honor and let go of my fears, disappointments, grief, anger, anxiety, and apathy.
I honor and release my false starts, dead ends, and failures, trusting that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.
I honor decay and compost. I honor and release everything that holds me back from my truest potential, my most open-hearted living, and my greatest evolution.
I vow to try to return to see the ten-year bloom. Death is only change, transformation, and rebirth. I honor the blooming and rebirth in myself from this point forward, as I honor, and let go.Now the Light in my heart expands, fills my whole body, and overflows unto my world.
What did this bring up for YOU? I’d love to hear your thoughts – please comment below.
xo, Meghan Oona