A Blessing For Friendship

It is essential to remind ourselves of the power and importance of friendship. This article is inspired by John O’Donohue’s blessing for friendship in his book “Benedictus,” also known as “To Bless the Space Between Us.” This is a blessing that allow readers to pause, reflect, and appreciate the role of friendship in one’s life.

May you be blessed with good friends,
And learn to be a good friend to yourself,
Journeying to that place in your soul where
There is love, warmth and feeling.
May this change you.

May it transfigure that which is negative, distant,
Or cold within your heart.

May you be brought into real passion, kindness,
And belonging.

May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them, be there for them
And receive all the challenges, truth and light you need.

May you never be isolated but know the embrace
Of your anam cara.

John O’Donohue

The Irish spiritual concept of Anam Cara represents a soul friend – someone you can share your spiritual or emotional journey with. A soul friend is like a best friend, a best spiritual friend, or a best heart friend. Our relationships with ourselves set the foundation for our relationships with our soul friends.

It is vital to be a good friend to yourself because all love and friendship begins with self-love. By being intimately acquainted with your desires, needs, strengths, and challenges, you will cultivate a sense of belonging within yourself that translates into your friendships.

Our friends act as mirrors that show us who we are, what we love, and what we struggle with. They provide insights into our lives that we might not observe independently. Friendships enable us to grow and become more than we could be on our own.

Friendship is a vital component in nurturing healthy communities and relationships across various levels and depths. From casual interactions to lifelong connections, the friendships we form contribute significantly to our overall experience of love.

It is crucial to treasure your friends and practice gratitude for their presence in your life. Make an effort to show up for them, receive what they have to offer, and reciprocate their love and support.

Friendships are blessings in themselves. By belonging to ourselves and honoring our desires, we can feel a sense of belonging everywhere we go. Cherish the friendships you have and embrace the love and connection they bring into your life.

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