Earth Elements Blessing

In a world outside a blog, it is not often that I am vulnerable or that I share my inner most thoughts and feelings easily.  It is even more rare that I ask for support or even consider anything shy of badass-independence. I knew however that I would love to welcome and take in the love of women that love me unconditionally as part of a special ritual.
I selected a few special women in my life to help me celebrate my new life and my new space. I wanted to have a special ritual that would honor me and also the connection to the Elements of Earth and how they are such great influences in my life.
When I invited these special ladies, I asked that each one bring one small rock to place in my space as a reminder of Mother Earth’s (earth) ability to ground me. The stories of where the rocks came from and the special thought that was put into finding each one filled my heart with gratitude. Each woman carefully placed the rock on my Buddha who watches over my space. We then each lit a candle as a way to bring (fire) into my space and remind me of my constant inner flame and that karma is capable of being burnt up. Next,we shared a toast of wine to honor the blessing that (water) brings to us as part of life’s precious cycles. Finally,  together we created a Prayer Flag that will hang outside with each woman writing a prayer on a flag of fabric that I will tie to a cord —the wind (air) brings the opportunity to move the Prayer Flags and take the prayers into action.
As we gathered into a circle, one sweet friend read a poem by Mary Oliver:
The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice–

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do–

determined to save

the only life you could save.

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So grateful for the richness of the love that was shared and the presence of Earth and Life.  Much gratitude.

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