Prayer for Freedom from Suffering

May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.

May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.

May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.

May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness–
the children, the aged, the unprotected–
be guarded by beneficent beings,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

This prayer is used in meditation sessions to help give clearer focus to the meditators’ intentions. This always rang true to me, even before I discovered meditation because I can identify with each stanza.  Since my diagnosis of Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, at times I have felt plagued with suffering, frightened, powerless, lost, and unprotected.  But I am working hard not to dwell on that past, and to focus on the now.  Sure those feelings still creep up, but I have found ways to take back my power.  Here are some of the tools I use to fight these negative feelings. I am always open to trying new things, so if you have suggestions please let me know in the comments!

  1. Positive Affirmations
  2. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, or Tapping)
  3. Reiki
  4. Yoga
  5. Meditation
  6. Creative Hobbies

As we all know there is no cure for narcolepsy.  But we can always try our best to find remedies to help us enjoy our lives to the fullest.  I hope you will try some of these out and see if they have an impact on how you feel.  

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