I started to write a verse for Xmas but realized it reminded me of the above which I liked better.
Often described as an Irish blessing, it was written by Mike Heron (a Scot) and recorded by the Incredible String Band in 1967. It later became a standard for several spiritual groups.
Turns out I also wrote about this verse early this year, with more details of its background.
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The image of open hands is a common Christian icon. It’s an interesting symbol because cupped hands can illustrate an asking or even begging. They can also symbolize open offering, a giving.
In Eastern symbology, an upright hand symbolizes truth and the masculine. An open, downward hand symbolizes the feminine and giving.
This is the time of year when giving and receiving are prominent – the giving of gifts, the hosting of events, sharing with friends and family, services, and so … Continue Reading…
As real happiness comes from a grateful heart, that became my theme for this year. All the best of the season and a very Happy New Year!
In 1897, an 8 year old girl wrote to the New York Post newspaper to ask if there really was a Santa. The editorial response said yes and explained why.
Well over 100 years later, those words are still shared. They went on to become a book, a cantata, 2 TV shows, and a movie. The phrase Yes, Virginia… became a satirical expression. Virginia herself went on to gain her doctoral degree and met Santa 2 years before her death at 81.
This is the time of year when nature takes a rest in … Continue Reading…
As the new year rises from the long night of the past, I thought I’d share this story, in case you hadn’t heard it on this side of the ocean. A Love Story @ TED talks? How a graphic designers idea caught on and spread around the world.
The web site:
Google Image search many more examples of the responses.
Over the years, the tree I’ve celebrated Xmas with has varied widely. Everything from none to massive, from 2′ artificial to live potted. But the most memorable was in the early 90’s. We were living in a semi-rural area and were invited to get a tree from the research forest. We were to cut them off high to establish a base for later grafting. They were unpruned, natural trees.
We found one in the open on a steep slope. It had nice even growth. We hauled it back to the parking lot and they wrapped the tree in a tube … Continue Reading…
They say it’s the season to be jolly, but really every season is. It’s also the season when we gather with family and friends and celebrate our origins. It is now the end of the 3 shortest days of the year, when the sun begins to climb in the sky again. A time of birth and rebirth.
Whatever form this takes for you, blessings of the season. If there are difficulties with others, remember that it takes 2 to tango. It may not be easy to disengage from the drama but it’s worth it. Love is hiding there, behind Continue Reading…
A Letter to the Most Illustrious the Contessina Allagia degli Aldobrandeschi:
“To you on this day: I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing that I can give you which you have not got, but there is much, very much that while I cannot give it, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present little instant. Take peace.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind … Continue Reading…
No, not that story. Your story. What is your story of Christmas? Is it Merry and Ho Ho Ho? Or is there something of an edge there? Or is it a mask over pain? Something you’d rather avoid altogether?
Christmas time is one of the best times of the year for spiritual growth. Not only is there a great deal of attention on happiness, peace, and love, but it is also a time of year that will highlight what needs some attention in you. What you’ve been holding on to.
Many of us were raised with … Continue Reading…
from Library of Congress
Santa’s Coming! OK now – be honest. What was your first response to that statement? Excitement? Surprise? Revulsion? This points to your story about Santa. What you do or don’t believe about that seasonal celebration.
“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it” — Vincent Van Gogh
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December 22 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The sun is at its lowest point in the sky.
For 3 days, the Sun seems to stay at this lowest point, rising below the Southern Cross constellation. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. On the night of December 24, it rises in the eastern sky, aligned with the 3 brightest stars in Orion’s belt. These 3 stars are known as the 3 kings. The alignment points to where the sun rises in the morning.
On Dec. 25, the sun begins to climb in the … Continue Reading…