Swan In Water

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This poem says …

This poem says to me that I can be more graceful and confident when I go with the flow…

‘The Swan’ by Rainer Maria Rilke (Translated by Robert Bly)

This clumsy living that moves lumbering
as if in ropes through what is not done,
reminds us of the awkward way the swan walks.

And to die, which is the letting go
of the ground we stand on and cling to every day,
is like the swan, when he nervously lets himself down
into the water, which receives him gaily
and which flows joyfully under
and after him, wave after wave,
while the swan, unmoving and marvelously calm,
is pleased to be carried, each moment more fully grown,
more like a king, further and further on.

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Music Video: Celtic Woman – A New Journey – The Blessing

Cover for the Celtic Woman album Celtic Woman:...

Cover for the Celtic Woman album Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the morning when you rise,

I bless the sun,

I bless the skies…

I bless you,

and you bless me too…

My blessing goes with you

Lisa Kelly is the singer – http://www.lisakellysite.com

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Traditional Irish Blessing – Music & Photos

Cover of "This Is My Wish For You"

Cover of This Is My Wish For You

I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, Nor a life on a bed of roses, not that you might never need regret, nor that you should never feel pain. No, that is not my wish for you.

My wish for you is:
That you might be brave in times of trial, when others lay crosses upon your shoulders.
When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed;
when hope scarce can shine through.
That every gift God gave you might grow along with you. And let you give the gift of joy to those who care for you.
That you may always have friend who is worth that name. Whom you can trust, and helps you in times of sadness. Who will deify the storms of daily life at your side.
One more wish I have for you:
That in every hour of joy and pain you might feel God close to you.
This is my wish for you and all who care for you, This is my hope for you for now and forever.

Traditional Irish Blessing –
Unknown Irish Author, translated by Charles Mitchell
Music by Joanie Madden – Down by The Sally Gardens

Cherish the Ladies – Joanie Madden website – http://www.cherishtheladies.com

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Spring Garden Blessing

e e cummings bench

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O SWEET SPONTANEOUS

by e.e. cummings

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting
fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
and
poked
thee
, has the naughty thumb
of science prodded thy
beauty . how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and
buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
(but
true
to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover
thou answerest
them only with
spring)

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Spring Blessings

A simple wind chime

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Blessings of Spring
by Ann Marquette

Ah, the blessings of spring

They bring renewed hope

A joyful new outlook on life

The heart’s dream of everlasting love

The trees are dressed in beautiful blossoms

Flowers emerging from a renewed earth

Birds singing in the trees

Bringing smiles to a winter weary heart A windy sunny afternoon

Sounds of rustling trees and wind chimes

Clears the cobwebs of the mind

Bringing joy to the soul

Yes, the blessings of spring

Fill my heart with hope

My soul with excitement of surprises to come

My spirit with everlasting love

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January Blessing – from “the Village Voice”

Full Moon - 6400mm

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FAREWELL JANUARY BLESSING ~ FULL MOON “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.” ~ Irish Blessing

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