BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross’ Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1936 has been called “a masterpiece of eloquence.” There are some obvious religious overtones and what might these days be called gender bias, neither of which I endorse, but it’s still worth reading. Here it is in its entirety for 2017: “Timeout of mind at this turn of … Continue reading

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a 19th century Tewa Indian prayer.                           Song of the Loom. O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love. Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp by the … Continue reading

HOLIDAY WISHES ON THE WINTER SOLSTICE

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season. “There are ten strong things. Iron is strong but fire quenches it. Fire is strong but water quenches it. Water is strong but the clouds evaporate it. Clouds are strong but the wind drives them away. Living things are strong but fear cuts them down. Fear is … Continue reading

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

GIVE THANKS When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and your strength, Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured that the fault is in yourself. — Tecumseh Tecumseh … Continue reading

Food for Thought for the New Year

Here’s a wonderful quote from Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, taken from my book SPIRIT STONES: “There’s a very compelling metaphor I heard first from Jacob Needleman. He says that there is a mountain and the mountain is very high, and the top of the mountain is being with God. But because the mountain is so high, … Continue reading

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