A few years ago, while walking around the streets of Santa Fe, I glanced over and this piece of art caught my eye. I was drawn to it. The simplicity of it. The colors: green for Life and Nature, a hint of yellow for Happiness. The prayerful hands, the serene, closed eyes, and the head ever so slightly bowed in prayer.
I flipped it over and read the title: “A Green Prayer.” Next, I glanced down at the artist’s name: Muller Davis. Green—my last name. Davis—my son’s first name. A HAPPY, PEACEFUL feeling overcame me. Sold!
Before I went into the hospital for a double mastectomy, my ‘Sisters’ (on so many levels) held a sacred evening of love for me and my family. There were many beautiful rituals performed that evening which wove together to present a complete ceremony marking the healing journey I had just begun. One of the rituals was a prayer circle. Going around the circle, one at a time, each person offered up a one to two word prayer for me (presented below). As each person said their prayer, I looked them in the eye, felt their love and sincerity, accepted their profound gift and blessing, and offered gratitude. As the last person spoke, I realized that their prayers made up “A Green Prayer.” With their heartfelt words, they had embodied the same simple, beautiful, circular flow the artist had portrayed in the piece of art I’d been so drawn to. And once again, I felt Happy. Peaceful.
Here are their prayers: