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Beannacht: A Blessing for the New Year

December 29, 2019

                 The cliffs of Moher taken when I was there in 2017

 

This is the last Sunday in 2019 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading these posts and following me here. 

 

This is one of my favorite blessings from John O'Donohue and it seems very appropriate as we end another year and another decade. 

 

My good wishes go out to you as we enter this new year, this new decade.  Blessings. 

 

 

For Josie

 

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green,
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

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.



[Note: "Beannacht" is the Gaelic word for "blessing." A "currach" is a large boat used on the west coast of Ireland.] O'Donohue wrote this for his mother. 

 

 

 

 

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