The River in Early Spring


I went down to the river this morning after an absence of over a week. We have been having a lot of rain and the river was flooded beyond its banks and purging debris. But it was beautiful to see the leaves beginning to unfurl and open to the touch, the warmth, and love of the new season!

The river and I have been steadfast companions these many months. I thought of this as I did my Lovingkindness and Reiki meditations...

I thought of the many experiences I have had over the last few months - some difficult, some unexpected, and yet the many instances of love and grace. I marveled at the many gifts received and opportunities that have arisen - all sent by the Divine...

These blessing from John O' Donohue's To Bless the Space Between Us, seem appropriate here:

Excerpts taken from - For An Exile

Now is the time to hold faithful
To your dream, to understand
That this is an interim time
Full of awkward disconnection.

Gradually you will come to find
Your way to friends who will open
Doors into a new belonging

Your heart will brighten
With new discovery,
Your presence will unclench
And find ease,
Letting your substance
And promise be seen.

Slowly a new world will open for you.
The eyes of your heart, refined
By this desert time, will be free
To see and celebrate the new life
For which you sacrificed everything.

To Come Home To Yourself

May all that is unforgiven in you
Be released.

May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquillities.

May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into a future
Graced with love.

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