A Blessing of Angels

A Blessing of Angels
by John O’Donohue

May the Angels in their beauty bless you.
May they turn toward you streams of blessing.

May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart
to come alive to the eternal within you,
to all the invitations that quietly surround you.

May the Angel of Healing turn your wounds into sources of refreshment.

May the Angel of the Imagination enable you to stand on the true thresholds,
at ease with your ambivalence and drawn in new directions
through the glow of your contradictions.

May the Angel of Compassion open your eyes to the unseen suffering around you.

May the Angel of Wildness disturb the places
 where your life is domesticated and safe,
take you to the territories of true otherness
where all that is awkward in you can fall into its own rhythm.

May the Angel of Eros introduce you to the beauty of your senses
to celebrate your inheritance as a temple of the holy spirit.

May the Angel of Justice disturb you to take the side of the poor and the wronged.

May the Angel of Encouragement confirm you in worth and self-respect,
that you may live with the dignity that presides in your soul.

May the Angel of Death arrive only when your life is complete
and you have brought every given gift to the threshold where its infinity can shine.

May all the Angels be your sheltering and joyful guardians.

Gratitude

I am sending out humble gratitude and blessings to “I Have a Voice” (girlwiththepen1118) for nominating me for the above three awards.

My intention with this blog when I began it less than 2 months ago (after having read 2 books on blogging, I’m still trying to figure it out) was to share stories of people whom I’ve met in my life who have touched me in some deep, elemental way – the people you carry with you in your heart long after meeting them.  I thought a blog would be a way to honor them, as well as to perhaps inspire others to remember that no matter how small a thing they might do for another person, it might actually be something of great importance, enough to change a life.  We human beings have a great capacity to love and to reach out, most especially in the midst of darkness.

I also wanted to include quotes that hold meaning for me, that inspire me, as well as some of my travels that have helped me along in my spiritual growth.  As I’ve said in my blog, I am a work in progress…

With apologies that I may not be able to exactly follow the rules of nominating 15 other bloggers – since I’m still getting to know them as a follower on my own – I’ve listed those below to whom I am passing on the “Shine On” Award for their having given me something wonderful on any given day – whether thoughts or poems or videos or photographs.  Some of them may already have an award, but regardless, they deserve either another one, or the same one again as validation of their value.

Word Press Shine On Award

Ajaytao2012

Fun Girls Live Better

Jon Lilley

Funkari

5 Kids with Disabilities

Sophia’s Voice

The CoF

Simple. Interesting.

John Coyote

Thoughts Alone

The Positivity Blog

Finally, I believe for one of the awards, I am to tell you all 7 things about myself.  Here goes:

1) I changed careers in my late 40s and it was the best thing I ever did.

2) My favorite color is purple.

3) If I could choose my last meal, it would be some type of pasta.

4) I believe that nothing is random.

5) I’m a U.S. Civil War (1861-1865) history nut, especially on the topics of medicine and women.

6) I have visited over 15 countries (not counting islands in the Caribbean), and that’s not nearly enough.

7) I love castles – the military fortress type, not the palaces type (there goes the military history again).

The Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life

by Elisabeth Kubler Ross

“The Mouse”
(early years)

The mouse enjoys getting in and out of everything, is
lively and mischievous, is always ahead of the others.

“The Bear”
(early middle years)

The bear is very comfortable and loves to hibernate. It looks back
at the early years and chuckles at the mouse as it runs around.

“The Buffalo”
(late middle years)

The buffalo loves to roam the prairies. It reviews
life in a comfortable setting and is looking forward
to lifting the heavy load and becoming an eagle.

“The Eagle”
(later years)

The eagle loves to soar high above the world, not to look
down on people, but in order to encourage them to look up.