May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.
Quote: John O’Donohue —
Excerpt from ‘Beannacht’ in his book: To Bless The Space Between Us
Photo: Ann Cahill – County Clare/Ireland
The moon does not fight.
It attacks no one.
It does not worry.
It does not try to crush others.
It keeps to its course,
but by its very nature, it gently influences.
Quote: Deng Ming-Dao
Going on without denying any aspect of the human drama is what strength is all about.
We are carved by life into instruments that will release our song,
if we can hold each up to the carving.
Quote: Mark Nepo
Image: William Recinos
Each passing year, we are asked to return to the ground of our spirit in order to go on.
Each passing year, we are asked to listen like the seed for our crack of light in spring,
to listen like the brook for our soft gurgle in summer,
to listen like the leaf for our orange face in fall,
to listen like the snow for a quiet place where we can powder down and rest.
Quote: Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred