SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that our ability to bless one another is evidence that we have been blessed? Can you share a personal experience of a time you pronounced a silent blessing for someone? What has the practice of pronouncing a silent blessing done to your life?
I have been doing silent blessings for a very long time; it feels like a very comforting practice. Whenever I drive by an animal that has been killed by traffic, I always say a blessing. I also bless the people I notice that seem to need a little extra help and support; I bless everyone at accident scenes, and the people who show up to help. When we have forest fires, I bless the trees, the animals and the fire fighters and anyone else that is involved. In this way, giving a silent blessing from the heart seems to be a way I can contribute something positive to any situation.
It reminds me of one of my friend named Jaimit who believes that giving blessings whenever somebody is in trouble, or somebody is in need of blessing this therapy do work and he also asked her very special teacher to bless his friends and family whenever he felt they needed.. .So I learned this art of Pronounced silent Blessing from him and his teacher Nivedita Aunty, also the art of thanking every thing around is also a pronouncd blessing.
Thereafter since last one month I am into a practice called "PRAYER" which is a done by a Christian Lady who daily Prays and blesses the people around her and always prays for the world peace..She is also an inspiration for me to do pronounced silent blessing ... And this passage has added a lot to my values...
This is very good. I have had that same thought: there is no greater miracle than simply wishing others real peace and real happiness. When I do this, I realize that there are so many other beings, on this Earth and elsewhere in the Universe, doing the same for me.
However... one who is really aware will realize, while sitting in that airport, that the act of flying itself does so much harm to this Earth and the beings on it. That person will realize that he or she actually prefers not to fly for this reason. It's not only possible to live with far less fossil fuel... it can make you happier.
"The more you become aware, the more there is to bless" has been a definite truth in my own life, though I think I always related it to gratitude. The more we focus on something the more we have the opportunity to open our eyes and hearts. A personal experience of shared silent blessings is whenever I pass an accident I say a blessing to all involved. Another example is a smaller one, when someone rushes ahead of me on the sidewalk or pushes into me at the grocery store or cuts me off in traffic, I say a blessing that they might feel less frantic and be able to breathe. This helps calm my own stress too. The practice of sharing blessings (and gratitude too) has created more compassion and empathy for others and the realization that honestly, there are no "others." Hugs from my heart to yours, Kristin
Ever since I was introduced to The Gentle Art of Blessing, by Pierre Pradervand, it's become a daily practice, admittedly at first intellectually, but soon with sincerity. It brightens my day and I am sure impacts those whom I bless as we are all one. Imagine the impact on the climate of our current political campaign in the US if we were to bless our candidates in their divine nature (love, kindness,compassion, honesty, humble desire to serve, etc)....Tall order but well worth the commitment!
Here is the link to the basic text by Mr. Pradervand
We sometimes forget that all that is is sacred. I believe that to bless is to remind ourselves that whatever is being blessed is sacred, that is, is an expression of God or Source. In blessing the other, I acknowledge that the other is an expression of the Divine, just as I am, and that the other and I are one in Unity. And blessing gives me an opportunity to be grateful to be part of Oneness and Sacredness that we are all part of. My coming to awareness of this has gotten me to think and talk as I am and has given my life more meaning.
To me peonouncing a blessing is to remain open and pay attention to what is, not how it should be, could be or would be. Seeing whatever clearly with bare attention, with its unfolding presence, is a miaracle. When I saw the face of a child in a class room filled with sadness, I stopped walking and sat beside him. I held his hands compassionately and said softly " You look sad". He sat quietly. I gave him space to be himself. Slowly he started crying. Hie eyes were filled with tears.I held his hands tenderly letting him feel I am with him.I felt his pain.These were very precious moments of intimacy transcending the age, he beinfg 8 years old and me being 90 years old. These were sacred moments unfolding oneness between two beings. To me it was a miracle. Slowlty we started breathing together, feeling more connected. Slowly a smile dawned upon his face and he said gently 'Thank you." I palced my hand on his head and blessed him. We made each other's day. That little boy filled my heart with joyful gratitude. He gave me his blessing.
Such expereinces happen quite often in my daily life. Such expereinces blossom my heart. They bring necotr- like sweetness.If we keep our mind and heart open and learn to live mindfully, our life itself becomes a blessing to us and to others.
May our everyday be filled with blessings. Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave