The potential for delivering blessings to the people around us is everywhere. It’s easy enough to bless others when we feel happy, full and prosperous, but what about the times we are sad, mad, anxious, or upset? If we are not blessing the people in our lives are we cursing them instead? Like the guy who cut us off in traffic, or the rude woman at the checkout stand, or when a family member says something unkind to us? Our tendency is to react with anger, or maybe mutter a curse word or two under our breath. What if we practiced blessing everyone instead?
So, what is a blessing? A blessing could be time, money, energy, possessions, kind thoughts, hopeful wishes almost anything that we appreciate about being alive. We could bless others with the hope that they will enjoy the sunshine, have a pleasant day, be filled with joy, take time to play or wish them well in all they do that day…our possibilities are limited only by our imagination.
When we give away a blessing even if it’s our time, money, or possessions those things come back to us multiplied. Remember the last time you moved out of a house or apartment and gave away a bunch of stuff because you didn’t want so much clutter? How long did it take for you to accumulate the same amount of clutter again? The universe abhors a void…if we give away something will come to fill up that hole. That’s another reason to give away blessings, scattering them throughout the lives of those around us like flowers at a wedding….for if we give away all those good wishes surely they will return to us again. This might also be a good reason not to think or shout curse words at the world…because what we give away always comes back to us.
And while we are busy blessing others with good…rather they deserve it or not…how about we bless the mean voices in our heads that tell us we are stupid, wrongheaded, and there’s obviously something wrong with us. We could bless those voices of self-hate…maybe…if we try.
What are you grateful for in your life?
Great Spirit, may I be a true human being.
May I care about others,
giving and receiving what is needed,
instead of focusing on what I want and think I need.
May I make the world a better place than when I arrived.
May I listen more than I speak.
May I see each day as an opportunity to celebrate life,
And share my blessings with everyone!
May I accept others as they are,
and have the compassion to stand with them in love,
and not run away from their pain.
O Sacred Ancestors
You who have gone before me on this journey
Help me to remember that the only thing that matters
is giving, sharing, and creating love!