Through the first six weeks of quarantine, we gathered twice a week to write collectively. While we aren't currently keeping that same schedule, we are certain that the collective prayer writing is a practice we will turn to as we continue to untangle so much that is happening in the world. By joining here, you have access to all the prayer sessions we have done so far via recordings and you can read the written prayers by participants in the link at the bottom of this page. They are worth a listen to and you can join in and write on your own as well.
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By its very nature, the form of prayer is simply an attempt, an imperfect use of language work with concepts much larger than ourselves. The prayers we write are not religiously based and are open to interpretation and individual need.
These sessions and recordings are free to anyone who would like to be a part.
UDATE: These sessions have been nothing short of holy. The writing that has been shared in the sessions and on social media has been vulnerable, powerful and healing. We've talked about how much we want to re-read and savor the pieces and so we've created a document that you can copy and paste your poem (it doesn't need to be revised or in perfect condition) under the particular day the prayer was written for.
Copy and paste your written prayer here.
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It doesn't have to be the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones;
just pay attention, then patch a few words together
and don't try to make them elaborate,
this isn't a contest, but a doorway into thanks
and a silence in which another voice may speak.
-Mary Oliver, from Thirst
Ashmae and Kathy formed Mine To Tell in 2018 and have since taught hundreds of students to take back their power through writing. We both have MFA's, write professionally for our jobs, have published books, short stories and essays, and care a whole lot about the act and craft of writing. We are so glad you are here.
Prayer for another morning:
May you stay in love with the world,
Maybe even a little more than you were before.
May you eat a small piece of chocolate in the afternoon,
and may it taste dark like a new moon, and light like powdered snow.
May you stay in love with the people around you, enough to
stay home and hope the seed starters grow, and cry if you need,
and hide from the kids if you need.
May you be protected if you have to go out.
Take this prayer with you, because we cannot offer much more from here.
And if you are going to work, it is likely because it is on our behalf. Thank you.
The world is untamed, and in this quietness, you might learn that so are you.
Thank you for being a part.
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