Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
John O’Donohue, from “For one who is Exhausted, a Blessing”
From “Bless the Space Between Us”
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you
Traditional Irish blessing, quoted by Christine Valters Paintner
“The Soul’s Slow Ripening” p.39
in cursed times
we need blessing
we need to find that place of gratitude
that place of thanks
in cursed times
we need to feel the blessing of the Sacred One
who comes and with divine love says
“be not afraid”
we need the blessing of parents
present and passed
the blessing of knowing they loved us
were proud of us
were blessed by our birth and life
we need the blessing of children
to hear in the hungry dark
“you are a good dad”
“you are a good mother”
“I love you”
we need the blessing of those around us
the acknowledgement of our gifts
in times of curse
we need to be a blessing
we need to carry the blessings we have received
as precious gifts
and offer them to others
along the way
I remember reading once
(I don’t remember where)
That in Kabbalistic wisdom there are two different types of vessels
that carry divine blessing divine energy
Some are containers open at the top and closed at the bottom.
They allow the life force to flow in but do not let it flow out of the other end.
Others are not stopped up at the bottom.
They are conduits for blessing
Sacred blessing flows in on one side and out from the other side.
Those vessels that are closed eventually shatter from the abundance of good
They try to contain
Those who pass on what they receive, fulfill their purpose
As those who are blessed
We must be a blessing
How do you be a blessing?
With a smile, or with a hug (after Covid)
By always thinking of giving, of helping,
By lending a hand.
By offering an invitation instead of waiting to receive one.
By caring for a stranger,
By making someone feel at home.
By teaching, and helping others to learn.
By offering insight and inspiration.
By encouragement or a kind word.
So this day, let us count our blessings
Take some time to wallow in gratitude
To acknowledge the gifts and graces present in our lives
and then let us enter into partnership
with the one who blesses
and pass the blessing on
blessing is a way of life