A Blessing for the New Year

A Blessing for the New Year

I love discovering new people that inspire me.  These are ordinary people who seem to somehow channel the divine into their work and lives.  This year led to the discovery of John O’Donohue- his writings and talks.  So this year, I offer each of you a blessing to bring you into the new year.

Bennacht — A Blessing — by John O’Donohue

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 gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curach 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,
And 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.


To hear this blessing in O’Donahue’s lovely Irish accent, watch here.


Elizabeth Delaney