Stained Glass Window: Quito, Ecuador

Stained Glass Window: Quito, Ecuador

Whenever I get to feeling out of sorts here in Ecuador, it helps me to be thankful for my many blessings here. There is lots of delicious healthy food, there are lovely people, it’s an inexpensive place to live and work and it’s a beautiful country.

On the days when there is no running water, the electricity goes out and there is mud up to your knees, it helps me to read this poem, Bennacht, which is the word “Blessing” in Gaelic:

Beannacht ~ (Blessing)

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 into 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 the light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

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.

— John O’Donohue, from his book,

Anam Cara, (“Soul Friend” in Gaelic)

Do you have any special quotes or poems that always lift your spirits? I’d love to know about them! Please post below. Thanks!

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