Welcoming Hospitality and Blessing

Sophia's Children

A Street Altar, 1883, by Sir Lawrence Alta-Tadema. A Street Altar, 1883, by Sir Lawrence Alta-Tadema.

I wrote recently on the ‘power word’ benediction, and today it’s blessing and welcoming hospitality that arise, deliciously, for reflection.

In the February message from Friends of Silence, the reflection theme was friendship, but moreso a quality of blessing and welcoming hospitality that seems the gift of the anam cara or soul friend.

Even more beautiful, as we cultivate and work with these ‘power words’ or qualities, we notice their essence rise and spread within us as well as overflowing outward to friends and even strangers alike.

When I feel out of sorts — and that’s easy these days — these are among the simple practices I return to to restore a sense of center and graciousness (another power word!).

The Friends of Silence message started with, “…the value of a life well-lived is not measured so much in…

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