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Blessing yourself, others, the world.
Blessing is the art of being spiritually present to others in prayer. It is asking for God to surround a particular person or situation with love, healing, and peace. We are at our best in responding to issues of global concern when we break down barriers of otherness that divide and separate us from one another and distance us from our shared humanity.
This blessing exercise helps not only connect our spiritual intentions to others in need, it also helps us to move beyond both pity and blame in the direction of meaningful compassionate action.
Begin by finding a comfortable and quiet place to pray the blessing prayer. Take several slow, deep breaths while letting go any tension in your neck and shoulders. Imagine that you are held in God’s gentle, loving hands. Let yourself rest there and savor the quiet.