At mealtime, my own family sings blessings, including:
Give thanks to the Mother Earth,
Give thanks to the Father Sun,
Give thanks to the plants in the garden
Where the Mother and Father are One.
- Rudolf Steiner
Unfortunately, we often sing our mealtime blessings in a "let's hurry up and eat" kind of way. Feeling the prayer or blessing as you say it (or sing it) and infusing it with intention can add power behind the words. Experiment with your prayers; try enunciating the words carefully, bringing your full attention to what you are saying, or try adding hand gestures... or even a dance!
Creating your own prayer can be both fun and empowering. Imagine creating a prayer that you use before you start your day - whether or at work or at home. To Whom (or What) are you praying? What intention do you want to offer? What do you want the Divine to offer you?
Sometimes I imagine what each of my relationships might look like if I said the prayer I use for clients with everyone in my life!
What prayers call to you?