Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yule Blessing



Origionally posted 12/09. Posted again in 12/11 with gratitude and thanks for loved ones, health and hope.  My thoughts today are with those less fortunate who could use our help this season.  Do what you can. Sia. 


This Yule blessing comes to us courtesy of the good folks at the Portland Revels. It is a poem for the New Year by Irish poet and spiritual teacher John O'Donohue. I would encourage everyone who reads this to make a donation to a charity of your choice - the need this year is very great.



A Blessing for the New Year
BEANNACHT


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 gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curragh 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 protection of the ancestors be yours.

And may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, Doubleday, 2008 by John O'Donohue


If you would like to hear the words of this blessing spoken with a lovely Irish accent by the poet himself, here is a link to a youtube recording: Beannacht
Wishing the blessings and peace of the Winter Solstice to you and yours,

Sia

Welcome Yule!


8 comments:

Morgaine said...

Good to see you back, Sia. I hope all is well, and a blessed Solstice to you and yours.

Morgaine

Hecate said...

Oh, how lovely! And, welcome back! You've been missed.

Bohemian Single Mom said...

Beautiful, and brightest Solstice blessings to you.

Double Jointed Fingers said...

Sia, this is beautiful and I'm going to steal it (with a Hat Tip, of course). I've also been following you on facebook. Blessed be and Happy Yule. :)

hidingplainsight said...

It's good to hear from you.

Bright blessings,
Cynthiasl

hidingplainsight said...

It's good to hear from you.

Bright blessings,
Cynthiasl

LaWendula said...

Ever so wonderful! Both, the pic and the blessing!
Thanks so much for sharing!
A merry Yule to you! (I know it's two years old this blogpost, but tonight is Yule again...)

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