This month I’m exploring pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), peace, and quiety (serenity) through the lens of words that are unusual, obscure or simply delight me. I’m working my way through the alphabet in the A-to-Z blogging challenge, and today we’re visiting the letter B.
B is for benison – a blessing, beatitude, or benediction.
I suppose there may be tendency to think of blessings somehow in a religious context, but let’s remove them from that limitation. Let’s be far more expansive than that and consider benison and benediction are rooted in the Latin bene dicere which means “to speak well of.” Benison has been in our language since the 14th century. Let’s reflect on benison as something that promotes goodness or well-being or is an expression of good wishes.
Now those are wonderful things to contemplate. Can you imagine what a shift would occur if each one of us spent even a few moments considering what was currently blessing us? The ability to see magic, to appreciate beauty, to hold wondrous things in our heart is a proficiency that seems to be diminishing at an exponential pace. Let’s be emissaries to change that.
I’ve been dreaming a lot about bees lately, and last night I had an extraordinary nighttime adventure where I WAS a bee. Drinking nectar, my feet and body covered pollen, the sun on my back, a field of flowers beckoning, it was a bliss-charged experience. The dream itself was a benison but unfold it a little more, and we can’t help but appreciate the benison our beautiful bees are. Each year bees pollinate 95 crops worth an estimated $10 billion dollars in the U.S. alone.
When we make these connections, these acknowledgements of what blesses us, we are have opened our hearts. We move out of separation into unity, and that in itself is a benison. We find ways to act that sustains and nourishes our connection – to work on behalf of the bees in whatever ways we can and are inspired to.
That leads me to another benison, a blessing offered by Maya Angelou:
“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.”
Now isn’t that a beautiful wish? Are you up to accepting the invitation?