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The Gentle Art of Blessing

--by Pierre Pradervand (Jul 23, 2007)

On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth, for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all. [...]

The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you, respond with a blessing: Bless them totally, sincerely, joyfully -- for such blessings are a shield that protects them from the ignorance of their misdeed and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.

To bless means to wish, unconditionally and from the deepest chamber of your heart, unrestricted good for others and events; it means to hallow, to hold in reverence [...] To bless is to invoke divine care upon, to speak or think gratefully for, to confer happiness upon, although we ourselves are never the bestower, but simply the joyful witnesses of life's abundance.

To bless all without distinction is the ultimate form of giving, because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden ray that burst through the clouds of their skies, and you will rarely be a witness to the sunlight in their lives.

When something goes completely askew in your day, when some unexpected event upsets your plans and you also, burst into blessing. For life is teaching you a lesson, and the very event you believe to be unwanted, you yourself called forth, so as to learn the lesson you might balk against were you not to bless it. [...]

It is impossible to bless and judge at the same time.

--Pierre Pradervand, From "The Gentle Art of Blessing"

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On Jul 24, 2007 neeraj mehra wrote:
i would like to more learn with inspiring captions.good

On Jul 24, 2007 Judith wrote:
That is such a beautiful quote. Thank you!

On Jul 26, 2007 Conrad wrote:
Thank you Nipun and Viral. Fantastic quote. I sent it to several people. You have my gratitude

On Jul 29, 2007 Pinotess wrote:
Thank you, a very good reminder to change your perspective and have patience, acceptance, tolerance and love.

On Jul 29, 2007 Ken wrote:
Thank you so much, It has opened my eyes and mind too.
May God Bless You All

On Jul 29, 2007 Gurudatt wrote:
This indeed is one of the best ways of practising spirituality in one's day-to-day life. Thanks to Pierre for igniting and Nipun for stoking the divine fire.

On Jul 29, 2007 Nitu Hukil wrote:
It's very inspiring.We should take life as it comes.We are blessed with so many things in life instead of complaining we should count our blessings.

On Jul 30, 2007 Timóteo wrote:
Hatred, revenge,jealousy and all vindicative feelings and emotions are clearly self-destructive.No one wants to destroy himself/herself consciously.We do it inconsciously if we do not acknowlege or realize that forgiveness, understanding and love are inherent to life itself.WE MUST LOVE OURSELVES AS WE OUGHT TO LOVE AND UNDERSTAND EVERYBODY ON EARTH.

On Jul 30, 2007 Yemi wrote:
This piece is really life changing and I appreciate you for it. It was atimely intervention in the life of a friend I sent it to. Please keep it up

On Jul 31, 2007 Tess wrote:
What an inspiring quote. I will try to practice this in my live. Thanks.

On Aug 15, 2007 preethi wrote:
One of the best articles I have ever read.
Thank you

On Jun 20, 2011 Terry wrote:

Bless you for that!

On Jun 20, 2011 benjamin ayensu wrote:

Even as is being told in the word of God, a cheerful heart is full of blessings and the blessings of God maketh man.


On Jun 20, 2011 Suchitra wrote:

The ultimate truth has been brought out very beautifully. God bless our souls & spirit of thanksgiving.

On Oct 13, 2011 Bernard Okoth Ombuor wrote:

Perhaps we need to focus more on what others feel than what we feel.

On May 22, 2012 anjjam wrote:
Absolutely wonderful 

On Sep 13, 2013 Maureen wrote:

 Is this book freely available on kindle please

On Sep 30, 2013 maureen wrote:

 Please let me know whether this book is available for download on kindle 

On Apr 7, 2017 Manuela wrote:

Pierre has written a new book, 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World, which is being published by John Hunt Publishing.  Publication date will be announced soon on his page

On Jul 30, 2017 Matthew Lily wrote:

  Please let me know whether this book is available for download on kindle 

On Oct 9, 2018 Arnoldoasif wrote:

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