O SOURCE OF MORNING'S BRIGHTNESS,
As new light streams out of the darkness, we open wide our hearts
to the healing light of your Encircling Presence.
Open our eyes to the opportunities this day has to offer.
Surprise us with small joys and pieces of beauty
scattered through the hours.
O Beautiful Presence, help us this day
to taste the joy of being awake.
May this simple prayer come true in our lives today.
--taken from my book, Seven Sacred Pauses
This lovely image of St Benedict blessing the morning was taken at St. Benedict's Center in Schuyler, Nebraska the weekend of September 7-8, 2012. About 95 retreatants were fortunate enough to step into the path of blessing. It was a weekend in which we considered how to live more mindfully. As I move away from that sacred space into other sacred spaces I continue to ponder just how (each day) to put myself on the path of blessing. I invite you to do the same. The blessings are always present. Mindfulness is the key. You are invited to notice that everything is blessing you. All you do is put yourself on the path: the trees, the plants and flowers, the great sky above you and the earth below, the lakes, streams and oceans, your joys and sorrows, your creativity, your moments of gratitude, your doubts and your deep faith, the people you love and the people whom you find it difficult to love, your hours of work, your hours of leisure! All is blessing! Put yourself on the path--the path of blessing.