A comprehensive blessing for you, on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014
“Cover me all in all with my five senses,
and with the ten doors formed (for me),
so that, from my soles to the top of the head,
in no member, without within, may I be sick;
that, from my body, life be not cast out
by plague, fever, weakness, suffering,
Until, with the gift of old age from God,
I blot out my sins with good works;
And, in departing from the flesh, be free from stain,
and be able to fly to the heights,
and, by the mercy of God, be borne in joy
to the heavenly cool retreats of His kingdom.”
The Gildas Lorica (Breastplace/Protection Prayer of Gildas), 1899
(please note – this is only the very end of a long litany which quite specifically prays protection over every bodily part from the iris of the eye to the navel, and not overlooking one’s liver, bladder, nerves, or shins! It’s worth reading the full thing at http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/gildas_08_lorica.htm. May your body be blessed and protected this new year.
So, following Danielle LaPorte’s ‘Desire Map’ (click the picture to visit her wonderful site) concept, I deliberately chose a series of words that I wanted to …to what? To own, to have, to manifest, to be, to receive? Words that I desire to be part of my life. Feelings that I want to be core and central. Oh, and after plenty of editing and scrawling and rethinking, I found I wanted an alphabetic and alliterative series – at first I thought it might seem a little forced or affected, but words and lists and organization are very authentically me, so I stuck with what I wanted – which after all, IS the point. Here they are, from my paper scribbles, prettied with typography and collaged with digital ephemera!
Aren’t those beautiful ideas to have, hold, and work towards? What are your core desires? Go let Danielle help you find them… and feel free to share them here, too.
Note: No, I don’t live in the Caribbean, nor did we fly there for winter break. Yesterday I received free tickets to a large, expensive, busy water park near my place. Though a great many of the outside attractions were closed ‘for the season’, the Lazy River which flows through the park was heated and the huge interior pools, spas, slides, and play areas were all accessible. Delicious to be outside in winter weather, bare-shouldered, and feel the elements licking at you with the safe warmth just a stroke away…