Tag: The Gentle Art of Blessing

Contemplative Walking

Christine Valters Paintner describes the ancient and accessible contemplative practice of walking or moving slowly through the natural world as a way of connecting with God. This is clearly the “road not taken” by too many of us in the modern world, even though it shaped and sustained the faith of our ancestors for millennia.…

What can I do about global warming?

So many people feel totally overwhelmed by the problem, and this at all levels. The ordinary citizen sees himself as a tiny pawn without any significant influence on a chessboard with 7.9 billion players. The director of a large multinational company immediately sees the constraints of a system that would oblige him/her above all (supposedly)…

Living a Life of Grace

By Madisyn Taylor When we accept that we always exist in a state of grace, we are able to live our lives more graciously. Grace exists inside of all of us and around us. It is our inner beauty that radiates outward, touching everyone we meet. It is that unseen hand that comes from the…

Creative Listening

“Listening is a true art, be it listening to one’s neighbor or anyone who is suffering, to one’s partner or children, not to mention the most important of all, listening to the Godhead. For this, I believe, is the true value of prayer: not telling an omniscient Deity what It already knows, but listening to what It is telling…

A Vision for Love Overflowing

Here is another wonderful Vision from Carol Peacock of  Sweetbriars Retreat Center in Springfield, Missouri. Carol says: We envision a world where love is the answer to all questions.  Now that each and every one of us know in our hearts that love is the feeling that supports the highest good of all mankind, we…

Reconciling the material and spiritual life

No one is asking you to completely neglect the material life in order to devote yourself solely to meditation and prayer, as some mystics or ascetics who wanted to flee the world, its temptations and difficulties, did. But to allow yourself to be monopolized by material concerns, as more and more humans are doing, is…

Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty

By Kristi Nelson, the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.~ Thomas Merton…

Sentenced to Serving the Good Life in Norway

On Bastoy, an island 46 miles south of Oslo, [125] residents live in brightly colored wooden chalets, spread over one square mile of forest and gently sloping hills. They go horseback riding and throw barbecues, and have access to a movie theater, tanning bed and, during winter, two ski jumps. Despite all its trappings, Bastoy…

There is no price on love

There are so many extraordinary texts around people just run through them without it impacting them.  But a story, it stays with you. which is why Jesus and other spiritual masters spoke in parables.  Pierre Pradervand There once was a farmer who had some puppies he needed to sell, so he painted a sign advertising his 4…

Deep trust in troubled times

“…may I trust Divine Love sufficiently to know that ultimately all is very, very well in the unfolding of the incredible divine Plan already written into the destiny of the universe for me and all.”365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World To say the world is going through some challenges is the understatement of…

You are Me and I am You

Oneness

By Pierre Pradervand You Are Me & I Am You read by Suzanne Bonetti.Suzanne is a British actress working globally in film, television, commercials, radio and on-line media. http://www.suzannebonetti.com/ One of the more amazing and beautiful aspects of internet is that it is becoming the most powerful tool ever to spread ideas instantaneously worldwide, including a…

A Blessing for Mother Earth

By Pierre Pradervand Finally, humanity is just beginning to perceive that our planet is a living being which has been infinitely patient with the abuse we have wrought upon it. We bless Mother Earth in its infinite abundance and stunning beauty, the wealth of its fauna and flora, the infinite subtlety of its growth and…

The coronavirus: A Blessing in Disguise?

Pierre Pradervand If a small virus carried by a minuscule bat in the boondocks of China can send the whole world reeling, then apparently there is something in the system which urgently needs healing, and this includes the possibility of major surgery. Eliza Gilkyson wrote a prophetic song, which was performed by Joan Baez, called…

Blessing for Spiritual Seekers

Pierre Pradervand We are in a period of unprecedented, challenging and exciting change. In all areas, old structures are falling away or being challenged, including in the field of religion and spirituality. More and more people are undertaking an individual spiritual quest for their right spiritual niche. This blessing is for them.   I bless…

Help for the homeless in Lyon, France

In Lyon, France, “L’Entreprise des possibles” helps the homeless. Some 3,000 people sleep every night in the streets of Lyon. A daily tragedy that a local entrepreneur wants to end. His idea? Mobilize all the companies in the region and pool their resources so that everyone can find a roof over their heads.  A powerful…

Express gratitude and generosity

How do you express your gratitude in life? Do you rise with the sun and thank the creator for this incredible planet and your wonderful life? Give thanks for the blessings you receive throughout the day? Are you attentive when you express your gratitude to those who help you and do you want to create…

The Meaning of Life… and the gift of unconditional love

Excellence Reporter: Suzanne, what is the meaning of life? Suzanne Giesemann: The answer is simple:  You as a soul have temporarily taken on human form to develop your divinity. God … Spirit … the Divine is Love; therefore you are here to be the presence of Love. Love is the Force that breathes you. Love is your very essence.…

Giving is Receiving: Undoing the “Getting” Concept

“Love itself can only increase by being shared. Extending love ensures its increase. Every loving thought, or every opportunity we take to think, see, feel or act in loving ways, such as forgiving, listening, allowing, accepting, and giving will manifest as Love in our lives. The more Love we give, the more we receive, and…

Sharing Your Happiness with Others

Your desire to be happy must include others’ happiness. When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, I will help others, think rather, I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy.  The law of life is designed to teach us how to live in harmony with objective Nature…

Advances in reforestation!

Danish telethon raises cash to plant a million trees Danes donated around 2.4 million euro (£2.6 million) for the planting of trees, in a Telethon event on September 14 described as the world’s first to focus on the climate. For every donation of 20 Danish kroner (about $3 or 2.7 euros), one tree will be…

Clear intention + blessing = pure spiritual dynamite

“Blessings …serve not only those who emit them, and not only those to whom they are addressed, but all people in the human community.” From Dr. Laszlo’s Foreword to 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World. After a professional career spanning well over 50 years that took me to over 40 countries of the…

Excerpts from Compassion and the Individual

Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama The purpose of life I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering.  Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this.  From the very core of our being, we simply desire…

Social implications of oneness

A dominant aspect of mystical experiences all round the world is that the mystics very often see the links of all things – not only between all humans, but between humans and nature, and sometimes they feel a total immersion with the Ground of Being that upholds the universe and every living being. And what…

The power of saying “Yes”

Dr. David Hawkins was one of the best-known US psychiatrists in the last third of the past century, before becoming at the end of his career a great seer who influenced thousands via his workshops and his books such as The Power vs. Force.  He once made the (to some people) provocative statement that the…

Full Abundance

By Tosha Silver, from her book Change Me Prayers Divine Beloved, Change Me into someone who can give with complete ease and abundance, knowing You are the unlimited Source of All. Let me be an easy open conduit for Your prosperity. Let me trust that all of my own needs are always met in amazing…

Look for the Light Inside Yourself

Where you come from doesn’t matter. Where you are going is not important either. Look inward, see what you have become and decide whether you like what you see or whether you want to change anything. Whether you were born in the Senegal deserts, within a poverty-stricken family in a small Italian village, or in…

Yielding to a Greater Power than the Self

Yielding to a greater power

May I learn to discern the perfect plan behind all events of my life. May I see that every single thing that happens in my life is a gift from Providence to enable me to grow and flourish and expand. https://pierrepradervand.com/365-blessings-to-heal-myself-and-the-world/ Some stages in life seem particularly difficult. When we do not find solutions, when all seems to go awry,…

You are being called forth to shine

Shannon Peck

We live in a time of danger. There could never be enough soldiers or police on earth to keep everyone safe and secure. We are in a global crisis in many respects. Never before has the world been in greater need of Love Lights, like you, to shine and bring forth a new age of…

Why is Cuba having the healthiest bees?

Bee

A Blessing for Bees (Excerpts) Many of us are aware that bees are facing possibly the most critical period of their existence on earth. Some years ago, in one region in China, the excessive use of pesticides had totally eliminated the bees  and trees were pollinated by hand. Yet more than 80% of plants –…

Satisfying One’s Soul

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In this life, in any given moment, in one way or another (and more or less as you imagined), you will receive what you asked for… Do not doubt it. As a result, learn how to monitor your requests because nothing that was designed or created here below can satisfy your soul except the Creator…

A link between blessing and healing?

April 2019 blog

Blessing, in the meaning used on this site and in books* I have written on the practice of blessing, often results in healing.  A perusal of the section on healing testimonies shows that numerous healings or resolutions of “impossible” situations have occurred through this practice:  including a severe depression; very difficult relationships; being freed from…

The Importance Of Seeing The Good In All

Seeing the good in all

By Madisyn Taylor Our Comment: In a recent blog (https://gentleartofblessing.org/an-infinitely-friendly-universe/) Pierre wrote of his deep conviction (shared by many thinkers and mystics) that the universe is governed by a loving, benevolent intelligence.  Thus, all challenges we   personally face in this human existence are teaching tools that force us to progress on our spiritual path especially if…

Spiritual Mastery Prayer

Spiritual Mastery Prayer

by Paul Ferrini Father/Mother God: Help me to feel my oneness with you and my equality with my brothers and sisters. Help me to recognize my judgments and to look within for correction. Help me to give up shame and blame and to learn from my errors so that I do not repeat them. Help…

A Deeper Form of Gratitude

Gratitude

Kristi Nelson – Guest blogger – is executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, a global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. We often feel gratitude when we get or experience something we…

Unity and the Power of Love

Unity and the Power of Love

Excerpts from an article by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Unity holds the essential vision that we are one living, interconnected ecosystem—a living Earth that supports and nourishes all of its inhabitants. If we acknowledge and honor this simple reality, we can begin to participate in the vital work of healing our fractured and divisive world and embrace a…

A simpler life is a happier life.

A Simpler life

Excerpts from the writings of Yogananda Happiness is not dependent on external circumstances; rather, it is to be found in the simpler joys of life, and most of all in the ever-new bliss of deep meditation…. Be happy by clinging to the simple, true, and lasting soul-joys. They come by deep thinking, introspection, spiritual inspiration,…

On giving thanks

On giving thanks

Enjoy these two short meditations by Eileen Caddy, co-founder of The Findhorn Community in Scotland, from Opening Doors Within Give thanks for everything you have, for everything you received, and for everything you are going to receive. In fact, never cease to give thanks for it is a positive attitude towards life, and the very…

An Infinitely Friendly Universe

An Infinitely Friendly Universe

  In her book The Healing Secrets of the Ages, Catherine Ponder writes: “Bless the world around you unselfishly with divine order. As you do so, you release the power of order into the atmosphere to do its perfect work. Look for, expect and give thanks for divine order, often. By doing so, you release…

A healing of depression

Healing of depression

Pierre Pradervand There are ways out of the trap of depression—ways that avoid the slippery road of becoming heavily dependent on drugs. I found such a way, and it taught me some of the most useful lessons I’ve learned in my life. In the 1980s, I started having extreme attacks of depression. They were accompanied by…

The Gentle Inward Gaze

Gentle inward gaze

That so gifted, sensitive Irish writer John O’Donohue once wrote this moving statement: “Let there be gentleness in your gaze when you look within”. So many of us can sometimes be so tough with ourselves. Yet the incredible, divine, unconditionally loving Being which runs this amazing show called “the universe” of which we are in…