Elohai Nitzor

"Elohai nitzor l'shoni may-ra."
"My G-d, guard my tongue from evil."

This is my chant tonight.  My chant, my plea.  To remember that my children are included in this.  That my words, my tone can instigate, escalate.  It isn't my creation.  The words belong to the siddur (prayerbook) and the chant belongs to Rabbi Shefa Gold.

She reflects on these words and her chant as follows:

With this practice I call on my God –
that compassionate, sensitive and supreme awareness within me,
to help me as I strive to speak with kindness and clarity.
I know that one careless word can do a lot of damage.

Elohai nitzor l’shoni may-ra

***This and more can be found at Rabbi Shefa Gold's website at http://www.rabbishefagold.com/SpecificPractices.html