Self Blessings

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don't flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;

- Excerpt from 'Saint Francis And The Sow' 
by Galway Kinnell


  1. I wrote a blog post inspired by this a few weeks ago. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of prose I've come across. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Jodi, thanks so much for commenting. I came across this just last week. It's so beautiful and such a touching reminder. I teach Yin Yoga and I read it out to my students at the beginning and end of class.


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