a daily blessing

The work of the late anthropologist Angeles Arrien helped me to see a deeper, more personal layer of significance in natural cycles. Most mornings, I love to greet the four directions – the rising sun in the east, the north where (in our hemisphere) the sun will be at its strongest, the place of the setting sun in the west, and the south, which is the place of shadow. It comforts me to be reminded each day of our inner qualities that are mirrored in this enduring cycle.

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A daily blessing

May the rising sun
renew your hope,
May the midday flame
rekindle your courage,
May the setting sun
confirm your heart’s wisdom,
And as you step
into the dark,
may you rest in love,
Knowing that you are one
with heaven, earth
And all our relations.

 

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