The beauty of snowdrops

When one looks carefully, there are signs of life and growth everywhere on these first February days. Unnoticed, the snowdrops have begun to bloom. The tips of their specially hardened leaves are pushing themselves out of the cold ground and their lovely white bells are easily visible in the boarders now. It’s so wonderful and uplifting to notice these hopeful and pure first flowers, isn’t it?!

But maybe you don’t feel as hopeful as you would like. Maybe there are days when you’re weary of what’s going on in the world, when it all feels like a heavy load on your shoulders. Maybe you are done with the restrictions of the corona lockdown. At least, that’s how I feel sometimes…

So I would like to share the following beautiful blessing from John O’ Donohue, it’s called “Beannacht/ Blessing on the day”. I find his wise words comforting on those difficult days.

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.”

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