Merry Christmas to all of my great friends in the blogging community! Your names are too numerous to mention individually, but you know who you are. Throughout this year, you have lifted my spirits and enriched my life with your words, your images, your ideas, and your creativity. Staying connected with you has been nothing less that soul-work for me, and I am deeply grateful for your stabilizing presence is a world that often seems to be imploding.
I extend my heartfelt wishes that you and your families will find great love, peace, and joy during the holiday season. May you reap the abundant treasures envisioned by John O'Donohue in his fine blessing, For Equilibrium:
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
To hear in the depths the laughter of God.
PEACE AND JOY,
HERE AND NOW!