Buddhist Third Step Prayer
With every breath I take today,
I vow to be awake;
And every step I take,
I vow to take with a grateful heart—
So I may see with eyes of love
into the hearts of all I meet,
To ease their burden when I can
And touch them with a smile of peace
Ive always loved the simplicity and directness of the NA third step prayer (some of us have said: take my will and my life, guide me in my recovery, show me how to live). My favorite meetings start with the serenity prayer and end with the third step prayer. I do appreciate the AA third step prayer (god, I offer myself to thee - to build with me and to do with me as thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better to thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of thy power, thy love, and thy way of life. May I do thy will always). Anyone who knows me though can probably tell that sounds a little too religious for me.
I recently discovered the buddhist third step prayer and today, on my 90th day clean and sober, its beautiful enough to make me cry. It is now, easily, my favorite prayer.