One of the hearts of shamanic practice is the practice of blessing all things.
To understand that all things are Sacred is the key to understanding that we are Sacred and that our lives, and everything in it, is sacred as well. Sacredness deserves gratitude and respect, and in a sense, love and preservation. It is like Osho when he said,
If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.
The beauty about Shamanism is that it comes from the heart center and what I fondly refer to as the Heart Gate. Shamanism is a practice which we can comfortably assimilate into our lives regardless of the origin of our beliefs. It’s a practice of love, of spirit, and of weaving; creation and manifestation.
Greeting your day with blessings is one way to pay tribute to your life, everything in it, and especially, to yourself.
And it’s no more difficult than taking time in the morning to do so.
Open your arms to your world, take a deep breath, and tune into your world.
It’s easy to say ‘let the sun and the nature fill your being’ but the reality is, that many of us live in the suburbs or the city which may not be as pleasant as a backyard forest. So, take in the reality of your life, even if it’s in the smoggy sects of downtown New York. No matter where you are, there is always something to love.
To have true content in your world, is to love it as it is.
Look at people, the way that the skyscrapers look in the evening sun or at night when all the lights are on, or the way that the skies turn gray before it storms. Maybe its a rundown ball court, a skate park covered in graffiti, a particular painting, or flower stand, coffee shop, or bookstore.
Send blessings to the first thing that comes into your mind, no matter how positive or negative it might be.
Once you truly bless that first thing, then bless your home, all of the people around you (friends, colleagues, family, distant acquaintances, perfect strangers), and move outward until you’ve blessed not just your town or city, but all the world and all the events that need our love, attention, and healing.
Then, bless yourself.
Because you are beautiful and deserve just as much gratitude as everything else.
No matter who you are, what you do, or where you’ve come from.
You deserve love too.
After you’ve made your round, close the moment by exhaling, lowering in your arms, and basking in the wind-down.
Personally, I would bring my hands together over my heart, tip my head down, and would simply say “Thank you”.
Every day is a new day that deserves starting off in gratitude.
When we each begin to greet our day with gratitude, only then (I believe) can we begin mending and making the changes that we need right now.
Read this article too, to understand my own gratitude-awakening: