This Sense-sational Life is a blogging series that explores the senses as a way of cultivating a more mindful, connected life. This week’s post is inspired by a women’s ceremony called The Blessing Way.
The women gathered around one woman whose body was round with child. A first-time mother joined by the first-time father. The grandparents beaming. The friends fluttered around in excitement…in anticipation…and then, in celebration. It began with food. It always begins with food. Then the showering of gifts.
Booties, lots of booties. Onesies adorned with cute sayings, stripes and the occasional monkey. Crocheted this and that. The mother’s smile growing, the vision of the family’s life taking shape.
All of this was traditional. It is how my mother was showered by her friends, how in my family women have witnessed the coming of the child for generations.
But a new tradition has come to being among some of my friends. The tradition has its roots in the Navajo Blessingway ceremony but in truth is only a resemblance of the intention of that ceremony. This tradition has been spreading among women’s circles for awhile but is still very new for some. The Blessing Way can be used anytime someone wishes to honor or create a transition in their life or wishes to bring themselves or their loved ones goodness, beauty, success, order, or harmony.
We each brought a bead, presenting it to her, lending her strength and hope. As we did the stories that were passed between the gifter and the mother became a gift to all who heard them. Nervous laughter was the first sign that we were taken the circle to a deeper place. Only the mother knew everyone there so as we opened to her, we were having to trust in the virtue of those she counted dear. But the opening happened. Her mother came forward, offering her wisdom. As she did I remembered that her mother sat with me in the minutes before I walked down the aisle, when my mother who had passed away long before could not. I knew the interaction between them would take the circle even deeper. Then her father came forward. We were surprised he would go there with us. He spoke eloquently, like a poet, directly from the heart, saying what every little girl needed to hear from her dad. The connections were deep and quick.
The bowl filled with beads, each with their own story, each holding the energy of a blessing.
When I walked away from the shower, I was tired from the work of the day. My spirit, however, was filled…was overflowing. I knew I must speak of a Sense of Blessing with you this week. This is only one way to create blessing in life. Through out the week, explore with me what blessing looks like for you…what if feels like in your body. Ask yourself how you know you are blessed and how you know when you are blessing another. Share your thoughts in the comments. And visit me at the Creativity Tribe Facebook Page to find out how I am cultivating a Sense of Blessing throughout the week.
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