Source: Pueblo Blessing
I find it is simple often taken-for-granted things that bring the greatest joy in life. This post from WordVerseUniverse underscores that sentiment. It is the handful of dirt and the tree that stand beside me, which seen in a new light can bring great joy. The dirt reminds me of a place that I call home. The tree reminds me of the life that surrounds me.
As well, some things are more complex. How do I hold someone’s hand when they we are apart?
The Pueblo Blessing at the link reminds me I live in community with sentient and non-sentient beings. It is in the animate and inanimate that I find ways to hold on. In community, we discover the richness of living.
Being mindful and present to who and what is with me, near and distant, is essential to living life to the fullest.
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Cherokee Blessing (many versions abound in cyberland) – “May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there. May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows and may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.”
Thank you for sharing that one.
It’s funny, I’ve been contemplating the continuum of life lately. If I once held your hand, I will always be holding it. If we are One, then there’s only a piece of me that will have to wait a bit to be rejoined. I really somehow know this to be true. And then there’s sorrow. But that passes, in fits and starts. Life goes on in perpetuity, here or elsewhere. Nature teaches me this, always transforming.
Nature is a wonderful teacher. When we pay attention, we notice how the world is transforming.
Thank you for sharing this.
You are welcome.
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ALLUSIONS TO WISDOM INDEED TALE MANY FORMS AND SOURCES!