The Power of Blessings
Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, Grow."
I recently shared Dance Your Bliss as part of a Womens' Retreat in Marin County, CA. It was hard not to feel the warmth and connection bubbling in this amazing group of creative, compassionate, funny, and open-hearted women. We were women of all ages; many moms, some grandmoms, some women sharing joy, some experiencing deep grief, all of us wanting - and needing a space to slow down, to breathe, to be here now.
The theme of the retreat was Blessings, and we discussed our own experience with the ritual of of Blessings. What are blessings? Are they important to us? Do they really make a darn difference? Can only clergy give them to us? Or do we all have the power of being blessings givers? What blessings could we feel in our lives - with all the ups and downs and chaos?
Need a Boost? Try a Blessing Walk
We went on a Blessing Walk. One by one, in silence, we walked slowly in nature, just repeating all the blessings in our lives. I found myself saying "thank you for my wins." and, "thank you for my failures." "Thank you for all the kind people. And for the nasty ones as well." "Thank you for my fears. Thank you for my courage."
We were so refreshed from our Blessing Walk. It was so healing - and I highly recommend a blessing walk anytime you need a breath of fresh air, a clear mind, and an open heart. It doesn't even need to be a long hike - just 20 minutes will do the trick.
Some resources for you:
- The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron (for her Walking Artist's Dates)
- Prayers for Healing; 365 Blessings, Poems and Meditations from around the world by Maggie Oman
- WalksWithBliss.com, Allison Bliss, East Bay, C