Blessings II

Here are some excerpts from different blessings from the book, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O' Donohue...

Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder...

May your listening be attuned
To the deeper silence
Where sound is honed
To bring distance home.

May the fragrance
Of a breathing meadow
Refresh your heart
And remind you you are 
A child of the earth...

May your inner eye
See through the surfaces
And glean the real presence
Of everything that meets you...

Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence...

May you listen to your longing to be free...

May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world
to gather you, mind you, and embrace you in
belonging...

For Absence

May you know that absence is alive with hidden
presence, that nothing is ever lost or forgotten.

May the absences in your life grow full of eternal
echo.

May you sense around you the secret Elsewhere
where the presences that have left you dwell.

May you be generous in your embrace of loss.

May the sore well of grief turn into a seamless flow
of presence.

May your compassion reach out to the ones we never
hear from.

May you have the courage to speak for the excluded
ones.

May you become the gracious and passionate subject
of your own life.

May you not disrespect your mystery through brittle 
words or false belonging.

May you be embraced by God in who dawn and
twilight are one..

May your longing inhabit its dreams within the
Great Belonging.

For Friendship

May you be blessed with good friends,
And learn to be a good friend yourself,
Journeying to that place in your soul where
There is love, warmth, and feeling.
May this change you.

May it transfigure what is negative, distant,
Or cold within your heart.

May you be brought into real passion, kindness,
And belonging.

May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them, be there for them
And receive all the challenges, truth, and light 
you need.

May you never be isolated but know the embrace
Of your anam cara.

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