Years ago, I read a book called “The Carmina Gaedelica.” It’s a collection of Celtic Christian prayers, enchantments and blessings from the 19th Century from the Outer Hebrides of the Scottish Isles, a place that had preserved much of its original pagan roots. When you read the prayers and poems (and, yes, spells/enchantments!) you can tell they are unique immediately; they were all once from the druidic/pagan tradition. When Christianity came along, they just added in Jesus and Mary.
What I loved about this book was how there was a blessing for everything – from lighting the fire, to milking the cow, to harvesting the wheat. There were big rituals of blessing and smaller ones; but everything was seen in that light. It got me thinking: What might our days be like if we greeted each day, and each person, as if they were a blessing?
I invite you this month to wake each morning and find something that feels like a blessing – even if it is to turn on the coffee maker, feed the cat/dog or snuggle under the covers.