Questions on Blessings

Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or a list that needs to be covered in its entirety.  Instead, simply pick the one question that “hooks” you most and let it lead you where you need to go.  Keep it in the back of your mind this month, and once or twice, simply sit with the question and reflect.

The goal of these questions is not to help you analyze what blessing means, but to figure out what being a person of blessing means for you.  Which question is calling to you?

Do you believe you are a blessing? We talk a lot about giving and receiving blessings. It’s another thing entirely to believe that we are a blessing. This has nothing to do with hubris. It’s about celebrating your unique self. We talk about inherent worth. Does this task of accepting yourself as a blessing come easy for you? Or are you too hard on yourself and imagine it as something you still have to earn?

Has age helped or hurt? At what age were you best at noticing the blessings around you? Have you gotten better as time has gone on? Or worse? What would improve your gaze?

Have you paid them forward? Many of us are likely familiar with the idea of “paying it forward” rather than simply “paying it back.” To pay someone back for a blessing or gift accomplishes little more than evening the score. The concept of paying it forward changes everything.   Suddenly the blessings in our life are sources of abundance rather than sources of debt.

Are you ok with asking for a blessing? Sometimes it is easier to offer a blessing rather than admit you need one yourself? What’s getting in your way? Why not let others know your need?

What is “working” in your life? Buddhist teachers encourage their students to pay attention to what is “working” in their lives. This is a unique take on noticing the blessings around us. So often we focus on what is broken or stuck in our lives. But the truth is, most things in our lives are working so well that we should be utterly amazed. So are you? Utterly amazed by what is working?


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