John O’Donohue described a blessing as ‘a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen’. This one is for equilibrium – our sense is many of us stand in need of this just at present….
‘A Blessing: For Equilibrium
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.’
John O’Donohue – Benedictus: A Book of Blessings
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