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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Cowell

Land and Sea

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea.


The sea:

Calm, powerful, raging, awe-inspiring. On the edge of the sea, children play and build sandcastles. Grown ups lark about on surf boards. Families have picnics. Dogs frolic.


The sea is also huge, vast, deep, awe-inspiring, inscrutable and down right dangerous and terrifying. For example, tsunamis.


Later, after our session, Charli sent me an article which explains that the Hebrew word for mother can be translated as 'strong water'.


A blessing:

(by John O Donohue from his book Anam Cara)


On the day when

the weight deadens

on your shoulders

and you stumble,

may the clay dance to balance you.


And when your eyes

freeze behind

the grey window

and the ghost of loss

gets in to you,

may a flock of colours,

indigo, red, green

and azure blue

come to awaken in you

a meadow of delight.


When the canvas frays

in the coracle of thought

and a stain of ocean

blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight

to bring you safely home.


May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.


And so may a slow

wind work these words

of love around you,

an invisible cloak

to mind your life.

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