Waldorf education was created almost 100 years ago by Rudolf Steiner in Germany. Steiner’s motivation? To bring about social and economic renewal after the devastation of WWI.
Waldorf education was created for healing.
Steiner also contributed initiatives to the fields of farming, architecture, and meditation. And he was a prolific lecturer and wrote many verses for special occasions and for personal prayer.
Do you ever feel derailed or scared about the world that we will turn over to our children?
Today, I offer you a Steiner verse for an uncertain world.
When the world around us seems uncertain and even scary, what can we as mothers do to nurture ourselves and our little ones?
First of all, Steiner might well say that we need to pay more attention to the unseen world than the seen one. Call on our angels or higher power or spirit of the universe, whatever you want to call it, to bring us strength. Through prayer and meditation.
Here is an especially relevant verse that might help you keep fear at bay and keep the faith.
A Verse for Our Time
We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards man out of the future.
We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.
We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.
And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.
It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.
Trust in the ever present help
Of the spiritual world.
Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.
And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.
How might you use this verse or weave it into your day? I like to choose one verse to work with for a period of time (say a month or a week), and use it as my morning meditation.
First, choose your verse and read it through to yourself (eventually, you may memorize it!). Then sit quietly and meditate on a few words or phrases that speak to you.
Even five minutes of this can bring a shift to your being and your day.
Bonus if you write those words or phrases on a post-it note to keep somewhere and remind you of your meditation throughout the day.
In addition, here is a grounding verse from Rudolf Steiner.
Quiet I bear within me,
I bear within myself
Forces to make me strong.
Now will I be imbued with their glowing warmth.
Now will I fill myself
With my own will’s resolve.
And I will feel the quiet
Pouring through all my being
When by my steadfast striving
I become strong
To find within myself the source of strength
The strength of inner quiet.
If you want to delve more deeply into Steiner’s ideas on meditation, check out the Rudolf Steiner Archive & eLibrary.
At the archive, you can find Day of the Week Exercises, and a Month of the Year Meditation. These provide a simple focus to help center you and connect you to that power greater than yourself.
Here are some suggested titles if you want to explore Steiner’s perspective on verse recitation and meditation even further.
Yes, parenting is hard work. It calls on us to dig deep. And when the outside world seems like a crazy and scary place, parenting can bring us to our knees.
Keep the home fires burning strong by weaving this Steiner verse for an uncertain world into your day.