Wishing all friends around the world a season of renewed light, hope, faith, and love!
We’re using the space below for members of our communities to share holiday greetings. We invite you to add yours!
If you were given the power to offer one blessing for the coming year that would come to pass, what blessing would you offer?
Love and infinite blessings to everyone in this circle. I only made it to the Garden once so far due to other time commitments but my heart is deeply with this circle of fine beings. May this be the best and brightest year ever for you and all within hearts’ reach.
I feel so blessed to be in even occasional conversation with so many of you who drop into this Garden–to drink in your wisdom and be heartened by news of the courageous and transformational work you are each doing in your corner of the world. May this kind global consciousness expand in the year to come; may the will to protect, preserve, repair, honor, and love all life forms and our Earth be strengthened and amplified; and may we each be blessed to contribute to that great project. I share a poem by Herb Cooper-Levy, a member of my Friday Healing Circle (Ehyeh, Shekhinah and Havaya are all Hebrew names for different flavors of Divine Presence; “bashert” is one’s destined beloved):
There’s no elsewhen,
All whenever is, is Ehyeh now.
There’s no elsewhere,
no light years far away,
no micro quanta we’ll never experience.
All wherever is, is Shekinah here.
There’s no elsewho,
no bashert we’ll meet.
All whoever is, is the One that is.
There’s no elsewhat,
no separate energy, mass or dark matter.
All whatever is, is Havaya.
Please allow me to use this occasion to wish you a blessed end of the year 2020, and a prosperous entrance of 2021, I hereby this message sharing with you a beautiful poem. below…..
Deep thanks to Janessa Gans Wilder, founder of Euphrates Institute , for sharing this poem by John O’Donohue with us.
At The End Of The Year
As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.
The days when the veil lifted
And the soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.
Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seemed to have quenched.
The slow, brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.
The darkened days that stopped
The confidence of the dawn.
Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.
We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.
(c) John O’Donohue: To Bless The Space Between
May this year be filled with blessings and strong heart connections. May we all have the courage to face the challenges ahead together with love and determination. May we find joy in unexpected places and experience the wellsprings of deep peace.
My youngest daughter asked me on my birthday a few days ago what was the best part of my year. Certainly seeing my grandbaby in my daughters womb tops the list. But spending time in the Garden and in the Torah Circle with you and so many loving people has been very special and has meant a lot to me. Happy New Year with peace and love. Brian.
And Happy New Year to you my friend! And to your grandbaby and all your children and all your family.
Happy and Healthy Holiday wishes to everyone.
I would like to share two presents I received from my daughter, son-in-law, and three of my five granddaughters:
First is a mug with this quote from Ghandi: “be the change you wish to see in the world”
Second is a t-shirt with this saying: “Build bridges, not walls”
I try to live my life aligned with these sayings and thought it would be nice to share these will everyone.
Sending Love and a hope for peace all around the world in 2021.
Happy New Year!
Hi Stewart. Very sweet. Looks like they know who you are! And yes, peace all around the world!
Wishing all our brothers and sisters at the Garden of LOVE a MERRY CHRISTMAS.
My blessings for 2021, may Humanity manifest more authentic love expressed from a geniue heart towards the other beyond boundaries.
Blessings to you my brother! And may 2021 be a year where we all continue to learn from your example of reaching beyond boundaries!
Thank you Milena. Wow — what a beautiful image! The two of you truly are the light!
Aww, wonderful! sending you all the best wishes too for this coming year!
Hope to see you soon,
Merry Christmas and happy holiday to all.
My blessing for 2021: may we all not wait for the moment to show genuine love and presence to people around us, and may we all be growing together!
Thank you Thae. And you yourself are “walking the talk,” showing us a great example of your blessing! Wishing you a healthy and fruitful year ahead.
May we each experience “maybe after maybe,” as we journey through this miraculous thing called life! After these last 4 years…that’s when we began spiraling downward…I am confident that we can all come out of this for the better and lead, not just our nation, but humanity toward a better tomorrow. I see great things for 2021 and beyond!!!
Hey Bradley! Happy Holidays to you! Thank you for your vision and your optimism. So important in these times.
My prayer/blessing for 2021 and beyond: May we all be blessed with lasting happiness, regardless of whether the world presents us with great joys or trials and tribulations that cause suffering.
Thank you Pankaj. So important for resilience in these times — and I imagine, in any times. May our happiness be rooted at a level that transcends the ups and downs of the world around us!
Greetings good people, Metry Christmas and happy holidays and new year in advance! We need each other to make our World a better place than we found it. Together in partnership it shall be well. Be our brothers and sisters keeper. Cherished and preserved the fact that , more than 80% of what we have is in common; Love ,joy ,peace development and lets share the love without borders..
I believe this World is a stage , and we are good actors,, at the end the next generations will enjoy the fact that what we do together is laid a better platform for them to do even more better with the mission, vision and the Legacy set for them .. love without borders.. Love and blessings to all happy holidays!!
Thank you Giddy, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! You, and Celine and Ma Comfort and Mr. Tito and all of your community in Cameroon, have brought so much light and love and inspiration to our community! May the new year ahead bring us all great sharing of “love without borders!”
Hello, This is Thiri from Myanmar.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Normally, we used to sing carol songs in the universirty campus during this time.However, this year, we don’t get a chance to do so.
Hereby , I would love to express my blessing for 2021.
My blessing is that we all would
possess kinder and blissful future.
May you all have great time with your families.
Thiri Aung Kyaw from Myanmar.
Thank you Thiri — so nice to hear from you! And wishing a kinder and blissful future to you and all our friends in Myanmar!
Happy New Year 2021 – Merry Christmas to all our beloved ones: friends, families and people around the world!
May God Bless You All!
My highest blessing to 2021
with loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
Naing from Myanmar
Thank you Naing for your blessing! For bringing the loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity from your Buddhist practice to all of us.
My blessing would be that everyone in the world would learn to listen to one another with love. If they disagreed with the other person’s opinion, they would respect each other and come to a compromised agreement, and not use violence or hatred in response to an opinion they disagree with.
Thank you Brian. Amen — may we all learn to listen to one another with love!
My blessing for 2021 is we would all choose a life that reflects a deep appreciation understanding that we are ONE EARTH, ONE HUMANITY, ONE SPIRIT, sharing
Amen — thank you Libby. May the vision of Oneness that you and Len lived for so many years continue to light up the world in 2021!
My blessing for 2021: may we be surprised with more good news than we thought possible!