Sunday blessings

Every now and then something comes out just right.  And no matter what you do with it, be it nothing at all or adding layers of personal vision, it is still just right.

You adjust the settings on your camera, but the vision remains the same.  The colors and shadows change, but the light continues to settle in the right places such as across the right side of the roof of the gazebo.  Some see the original as overexposed.  Some see the rest as too dark or too saturated.  And some see it just right every time.  Maybe it’s the scene.  Maybe it’s the camera or the eye.  Maybe it’s the circumstances.  Everything coming together at the right moment.

While writing this post and doing a bit of multitasking, I stumbled across this blessing:

May you listen to your longing to be free.
May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul.
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart … something good is going to happen to you.
May you find harmony between your soul and your life.
May the mansion of your soul never become a haunted place.
May you know the eternal longing that lies at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May you be set free from the prisons of guilt, fear, disappointment and despair.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you,
mind you, and embrace you in belonging.

~ John O’Donahoe

I’m late to the book Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.  I have it on my bookshelf and moved it up so I’ll be reading it soon.  I am fairly certain this blessing has made the blog- and email- rounds.  It sounds familiar to me.  I don’t know why I paid more attention to it this time.  The right time in the right place, I suppose.  My friend (although we haven’t met yet, but I’m sure we will at some point), Kel at the X facta introduced me to John O’Donahoe in this post.  If you follow the blessings tag on her blog, you’ll find that she writes beautiful blessings of her own, for herself and for her readers.

Having just read it again, I realize it is likely this line that drew me to the blessing:

May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul.

I once wrote a guest post at Bo’s place for her series Why Photography? called Seeing in Frames.  I think it explains pretty well why that line jumped out at me.  I realize there are many other interpretations and that mine is the least of them.  But it’s the first of them that led me to think more about it.

The photos for this post were taken at the Holden Arboretum during my latest visit.  I did one of those things you probably shouldn’t do most of the time.  I shot into the sun.  Sometimes it works.

(Note:  This is a scheduled post.  I’m either learning how to knit or I’m in the garden or I’ve joined in on the chipping and shredding party going on in the woods at Breezy Acres.)


45 Comments on “Sunday blessings”

  1. anhinga says:

    Outstanding photos!

  2. David Hall says:

    All three images have their own qualities and as you say, different viewers have differing points of view. I do like all three though would plump for no.1 if pressed. The tree behind the gazebo looks like a cobwebs, spanning the space between the roof and the branches of the large tree in the foreground. Superb post.

  3. bearyweather says:

    As far as I am concerned, the colors of Fall definitely out shine Spring’s flower show. Lovely colors. I love it when things just work out perfectly without much effort.
    As for shooting into the sun … I do it a lot lately. I love the backlighting effects and silhouettes that make my photos look magical.

    • Robin says:

      I’ve avoided shooting into the sun for a while now after a series of overexposed shots, but the angle of the sun in the autumn afternoons is hard to resist, and has been coming out quite well.

      Thanks, Bearyweather. 🙂

  4. Bo Mackison says:

    That was the line that caught my attention too. Lovely, isn;t it?
    Your colors are great, great utumn photos — and love the gazebo and then later, the single tree in the golden light. Beautiful!

  5. Beautiful post, both the words, and the photos.

  6. I’m thinking you must be paying someone for the light you have out there, and the colours… Your first three shots are indeed perfect, each in their own respect…

  7. mimo khair says:

    amazing fall images! Beautiful light, just superb!

  8. Beautiful! Words and images! I’m not much on blessings, but this one was very moving – I’m going to have to use this one! Knitting is definitely something good to do on a cold winter’s day (which will be upon us very soon). I’ve been knitting for a number of years now, and it’s very relaxing – probably because I only do the easy (very repetitive) patterns!

  9. The light and color in all of those photos is wonderful!
    And Anam Cara…the blessing is truly beautiful….I’d never heard of that. I looked Anam Cara up and it’s a beautiful concept…I love it. I’ll get the book…thank you so much for including that in your post.

  10. That is such a beautiful blessing my John O’Donahoe and your images are a wondrous blessing to complement his words.

  11. skip704 says:

    The photos in this post are gorgeous. I love them all, but especially the fourth one. It has such wonderful light. The rhododendron garden is a favorite place of mine. Just to the side of the little gazebo is a bench where I will sometimes sit to have a sandwich or a snack. It is a very peaceful spot.

    My post for today is from our hike in the Arboretum this afternoon. Our home is just a 20 minute drive from there.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂

      I saw your shots from your hike at the Arboretum. Beautiful! And how fortunate for you that you live so close. I think I’d be spending most of my days there if I could.

  12. ElizOF says:

    The photos are beautiful, ditto the prayer by John… The combination is a soothing sweetness that words can’t define. 🙂

  13. Chloe says:

    these are so ethereal & beautiful

  14. jane tims says:

    Hi. I like the 4th photo as well. It looks as though the tree is alive… it could be a character in some mythical story. Jane

  15. Beautiful, Robin…
    Hope there was a nice pot of stew waiting at the end of the day!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Marie. 🙂

      Actually, we stopped and had dinner at Mexican restaurant on the way home. The food was spicy, delicious, and quite warming. The margarita helped with the warming process. 😉

  16. These photos remind me why fall is my favorite season! Lovely.
    Kathy

  17. afrankangle says:

    Beautiful pics and love the poem – which is timeless and for all religions and those without one.

    Back in town, thus wanted to stop by to say hello.

  18. Thank you for sharing lovely photos and such a beautiful blessing… I have to find that book!

  19. ladyfi says:

    Fabulously gorgeous shots. And wow, what a lovely blessing.

  20. These shots are a blessing to the eye and the soul. Thanks for sharing!

  21. carlaat says:

    What a beautiful blessing. “May you never place walls between the light and yourself”. Lovely.

  22. Judith says:

    May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul. That really shouted out at me, Thanks for sharing.

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