Category Archives: BLESSINGS

“In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.” ― Kobayashi Issa

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“True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person. Henri Nouwen has described it as receiving the stranger on his own terms, and asserts that it can be offered only by those who ‘have found the centre of their lives in their own hearts’.”
Kathleen Norris, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

God changes appearances every second. Blessed is the man who can recognize him in all his disguises.

 

One moment he is a glass of fresh water, the next, your son bouncing on your knees or an enchanting woman, or perhaps merely a morning walk.  Nikos Kazantzakis1 1 1 1 1 bookoffairypoetr00owen_0010

A Blessing from Syria

May God, the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea of love,
the fountain of blessings, and the bestower of affection,
who sends peace to those that receive it,
open to you this day the sea of His love,
and water you with plenteous streams from the riches of His grace.
May God make you a child of quietness, and heir of peace.
May God enkindle in you the fire of His love.
May God strengthen your weakness with His power.
May God bind you and me and everyone else closely to Him and to each other in one firm and indissoluble bond of unity.

-Adapted from a prayer from the Syrian Clementine Liturgy

At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish. Thailand.

URUNGA LIDO JANUARY 2014

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Mud Crabs, Low Tide

I feel a sharpness under the surface like tin-tacks,
having come down to their soft mud among smells
where most would retch. They sift broken bits,
tuck into their mud; the bay has the sound

that could suck a crab-claw clean: a low-tide restaurant.
Like the guileless yachts, or tunes
of light sociable chopsticks: their lilting suck and clink—
but it stops when you move, when the wind changes,

Judith Beveridge

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/mud-crabs-low-tide/

All the world is mad save for me and thee, and sometimes I wonder about thee. – Old Quaker saying

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/humorous1.htm

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A warrior who had more than he needed would make a feast. He went around and invited the old and needy. . . The man who could thank the food—some worthy old medicine man or warrior—said, “. . . . look to the old, they are worthy of old age; they have seen their days and proven themselves. With the help of the Great Spirit, they have attained a ripe old age. At this age the old can predict or give knowledge or wisdom, whatever it is; it is so. At the end is a cane. You and your family shall get to where the cane is.”

Black Elk, Oglala Sioux holy man

“At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.”

― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

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“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.” 

― Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. – Gail Lumet Buckley

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Rainbow Lorikeets

Mark O’Connor.

To feed head-down in an aerial smother of honey and pollen
reassured by a rainbow chatter of siblings
changing tree on impulse
in case python or man is stalking,
reckless till then

http://www.australianpoet.com/poems.html#rainbow

When the kookaburras bless the world because the world is good.

The Kookaburras  by John O’Brien

http://www.instituteofaustralianculture.com/the-kookaburras-john-obrien/

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FOTO of kookaburra at raleigh nsw


Could I Hear the Kookaburras Once Again

May a fading fancy hover round a gladness that is over?
May a dreamer in the silence rake the ashes of the past?
So a spirit might awaken in the best the years have taken,
And the Jove that left him lonely might be with him at the last.
While he searches in the by-ways, shall his heart forget the highways
Where the sunburnt arms are toiling in the sun-shine and the rain,
Where the simple things and lowly make their lives sublime and holy,
And the kookaburras chorus once again?

JOHN O’BRIEN

http://australianpoems.tripod.com/couldihearthekookaburrasonceagain.html

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

― W.B. Yeats

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“You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don’t want to understand you.”

― Anton Chekhov

Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

Fran Lebowitz

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Prayer Blessing Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the passing of each glorious Sun. ~ Lakota Prayer

Dragons beget dragons, and phoenixes, phoenixes; and the offspring of mice will know how to chew holes. Chinese

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May you touch dragonflies & stars, dance with fairies & talk to the moon. May you grow up with love and a gracious heart and always know how loved you are.

As an instinct told her which way to turn, her wisdom told her that it will be a long path to manifest.”

― Sarah Pussell

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

 

– The Serenity Prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr)

Somewhere along the line we began to believe that technology was in some way superior to what was natural, and so we willingly gave up control of even minor health problems.”

― Karen Sullivan, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Natural Home Remedies: Safe and Effective Treatments for Common Ailments

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“Five truly effective prescriptions to remedy a bad day.
(You can’t overdose.)

—Pray; discuss your troubles with God.
—List your blessings. (The blue sky, soft cookies, warm socks, etc.)
—Call your mum.
—Visit an animal shelter and hug a lonely cat.
—Visit a nursing home and hug a lonely grandparent.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

You tell him that — tell him he fucks with the angel at his peril.”

― Sylvain Reynard

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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. 

George Elliot

http://www.quotegarden.com/angels.html

Blessed is the moon; it goes but it comes back again.

Samoan

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“But that was a long time ago and since then a crab has been gnawing at my vitals. All this began in the Metro (first-class) with the phrase – ‘l’homme que j’etais, je ne le suis plus.”

Henry Miller

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.

– Dorothy Parker

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“With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on.”

― William Morris, The Well At The World’s End: Volume I

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.

Bankei

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“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “My Companions are as stars. Whomsoever of them you follow, you will be rightly guided.” When a man looks at a star, and finds his way by it, the star does not speak any word to that man. Yet, by merely looking at the star, the man knows the road from roadlessness and reaches his goal.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi