The seventh of an eight-day series of blessings inspired by Br. David's book "99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life." Welcome to our practice. Let's begin. We invite you to close your eyes and take one or two slow, deep breaths. Then open your eyes and simply take in this blessing...
SOURCE OF ALL BLESSINGS,
you bless us with dragonflies —
their very name evoking happy
summer days, water and reeds, the
heat of high noon, deep-blue skies,
and a stillness so vast that I can
hear the glassy clinking of their
wings as they flit by. They have
been celebrating life like this for a
hundred million years. May I watch
with respect these old-timers,
learning from them as I stretch
lazily on the sun-warm deck.
Sense how it feels to honor the ancient, delicate and playful dance of dragonflies. When we allow ourselves to shimmer, celebrate and play, we cultivate resilience and joy.
“May this patchwork quilt of blessings help to sharpen your taste for the gift of life in its innumerable facets,” Br. David writes. “May you grow ever more blessed, ever more able to bless.”
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As a child grow up in the village – going through the seasons of planting & harvesting rice field..near the river… I have been always delighted to see the droganflies fly freely.. I Never knew what it meant but there was this feeling of joy, light spirit as I get close to them.
Wow! How facinating to learn they have lived millions of years.. how could it be? Amazing ! Nature never fail to enchant me with its tiny beautiful creatures… How grateful I am to be part of this web of life. Thank you…
Stopping to appreciate and learn about the many beautiful creatures on earth lifts my heart. Also the many myths and symbolic meanings that man’s creative mind has dreamt is also fascinating.
I love thinking of dragonflies as old timers, since I am near enough to that category myself. A hundred million years … wow! These winged ones have been part of my life since summer childhood trips to various cottages and water sources. Yesterday, near my walking pond, there they were again! Grateful for this lifelong seasonal companionship.
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