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The Wine Guy: Meditate on this daily prayer

The Wine Guy
with Anthony Scarano

Our lives can be very hectic. Between work, play, parenting and other obligations — and those endeavors we don’t have to get involved in but do, for whatever reason — things can sometimes seem to be slipping out of our control. We may sometimes reach the point of exhaustion, where we feel like one of those zombies so popular today on the TV and in movies, just going through the motions, taking care of our responsibilities but not necessarily enjoying life or getting any real satisfaction from it. In essence, we are just surviving, rather than living.

It is for these reasons it is so important to take the time to gather the thoughts, ease the mind and calm the spirit; but with so much swirling around us like some crazy storm, how is this possible? Well, you need to find the time to take a few moments, sit in the dark and quiet, and breathe. Close the eyes, concentrate on the breathing, and focus on a single idea — whatever helps purge you of the butterfly thoughts that distract you from truly living. Maybe this time is early in the morning, before everyone else wakes up and the chaos of the day begins. Perhaps it is in the afternoon, when you can sit in a park or forest preserve, or on the shore of a lake or bank of a stream. Or maybe it is at night, after the day has had its way with you and decompression is a must. Just find your time, and say this prayer:

Grant me the calmness and peace and serenity through all calamities.

Grant me strength and good health.

Grant me the courage to overcome my trials and tribulations.

Grant me protection from exterior and internal evils.

Grant me fearlessness and dreadfulness.

Grant me protection from death; may I have a long and fruitful life.

Grant me contentment and daily happiness.

Grant me protection from sickness and disease.

Grant me the best of luck to be had.

Grant me daily sunshine, regardless if there is stormy weather.

Guide the Holy Spirit within me to teach me right from wrong, for purity of mind.

Grant me the ability to remember all things are possible with God, and nothing is impossible with God.

Take that for what you will. Get good rest, eat good food, and drink good wine. The body, mind and soul must be in balance with each other in order to fully reap the benefits of this gift of life. Take care of yourselves.

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.