I have written simple blessings for years. When I was a little girl I would make cards out of paper and write my wishes for loved ones. As I got older, and had a part-time job at a drug store, I would buy cards and add my own sentiments. The words always seemed to come from a deeper place within me. This level of care for the people in my world, and my honoring them with a simple blessing, became a default response.
I love to write simple blessings for my beloveds. They're not only limited to birthdays, anniversaries, and accomplishments. That special person might be in a personal pinch, or lost in the daily grind of getting it done. It's a heart gift to share a simple blessing and remind them who they are.
Just yesterday I had an opportunity to put this into practice. It was my brother's birthday. I pulled out a blank card and wrote a simple blessing. It's so apparent to me where he shines and where I can anchor in extra support. It took less than two minutes to write. I share the process I use below.
Often, the people we meet on the pathway are the ones who are journeying toward the same destination. There is nothing like getting that just-in-time lift. Blessings are a surefire way to remind someone who they are and reawaken their creative essence (and your own).
4 Steps to Writing a Simple Blessing (Writing Practice)
I like to break these things down into steps because it makes them doable. You can mark the highlights on the pathway and see if it helps. Use this at your discretion. It is designed to support, not supplant, you in finding your way to write a simple blessing:
- Connect to the person energetically. Don't get hung up on the language. Connect heart-to-heart if that feels better. Or, put it in your own lingo. Do the translation. The key here is to see beyond the physical person, tune into your sense of feeling and knowing. You know how you do it. It's that thing you do when you get a clear signal. You get your yes and no. Use that pathway to sense the person you wish to write a blessing for.
- Notice what you know. Allow words, phrases, images, and feelings to arise. Immerse yourself in all of it. Take it in and let it move within you. Allow yourself the inner spaciousness for sifting and sorting.
- Write it down. Do this longhand preferably. Then put it on your fave tool, whether it's MS Word, One Note, or Notion. Capture the bits and bobs without needing to put it all together yet. Give yourself time and space. Allow the words to rearrange upon the page until it feels like the fit for right now. It doesn't have to be long. It can be short. What matters is that it's connected to the feeling and energy of what you sense.
- Share it with the recipient. The written format is really nice but to kick it up a notch do it in person or on zoom. Open to the transmission of that simple blessing so that it gets fully delivered. Record it if you want to be super awesome. You never know when the person you're gifting may need a boost.
Here's a blessing I just shared with my community:
May your blessings
be the balm for your burdens
May your trials reveal
your deepest strength and longings
May your success soar on the
wings of your creative essence
May you be blessed
May every journey lead
you to a greater truth
May you encounter the
beauty of your inner being
May others be delighted
by your one-of-a-kindness
May you be blessed
May your joy be surpassed
by your wonder
May your love encircle this
vast immensity we call home
May you be blessed
Today and always
May you be blessed
Easy peasy, darling! You can dress it up or down. Feel free to adapt it. Make it yours.
3 Simple Blessings Anyone Can Write
Like everything, your capacity to write a heartful and simple blessing is powered by your heart's intent and your practice. When you are committed to a practice of sharing the blessings of the world, instead of its problems, you shift your own energy and that of others. You become a conduit to clarity and creativity, goodness and grace.
Though you may begin this as a practice, you will find it blesses you as much as the recipient of your simple blessing. It is a paradox that once you remove self-interest to support another you benefit in kind.
The key to writing blessings is to tune into the feeling and extend it to another. This is a wired-in capacity. You already possess it. Open to your unique way to experience this level of connection. Here are three simple blessings that I've used again and again:
- Write a blessing to give thanks. This is especially timely around the Thanksgiving Holiday but thanksgiving is a welcome feast on any occasion. Sharing your gratitude with another is a tremendous gift. It is an opportunity for an extraordinary exchange of goodness and light. It feels fabulous! In this post, How to Honor Thanksgiving Your Way, I share a Blessing of Thanks, along with some tips on how to navigate Thanksgiving more consciously.
- Write a blessing for those who grieve. There is a lot of loss right now and all of it is not people and pets. Sometimes folks are grieving the loss of the world they know, the loss of beliefs and traditions. A blessing is a temporary abeyance of whatever loss they have experienced and a reminder that there is loss and there is also growth. The Irish Blessing for a Funeral illustrates this powerfully:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- Write a blessing to gift another with support. Many folks are often oblivious to their own gifts. It's powerful to articulate the things you see in them as strengths. Sometimes that's just the extra juice they need to get them to a place where they can move. This way they can see the pathway of their own becoming. Saint Teresa's prayer is a perfect example of this:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
None of this is complex. It can be simple and easy and such a gift! It is a wondrous gift to give and receive. There is nothing more powerful than a one-of-a-kind blessing. Once you've written it, make sure to share it. Pay it forward, darling!