祝福 Celebrate Abundance

I bless everything from my coffee to The Empress and Emperor of Japan.

Blessing and being blessed is magical thing. I love old blessings and I love making up new ones. Believing that everything takes on a different glow, when blessed, I bless everything from my coffee to the Empress and the Emperor of Japan.

I love both the giving and receiving of blessings. The best is to be in a state of blessedness, though. The state of feeling totally blessed. When I can, I go to trees to tank up on blessedness. Just like one would search out a favorite coffee shop to relax and get today’s dose of caffein, I search out a favorite tree to relax and tank up on blessedness.

Yesterday was such a day. I felt tired and depleted. I needed to recharge. That is what I am doing in the picture above.

I was blessed.

But when I woke up this morning,still in a state of blessedness, I suddenly was not satisfied by the word “blessing”. I knew what the word means. I knew what happens when I bless or receive a blessing. But the letters B, L, E, S, S… Where does the word come from and what does it mean? I get like this sometimes. I start pondering the meaning of sounds in a word. . What do they mean?!

Maybe this is a side-effects of living in Japan, where each letter or character has a meaning. A word, with more than one character, is a combination of meanings. Knowing the meaning of the characters, adds a different and deeper meaning to a word.

But before checking out the meaning in Japanese, I looked it up in English. On the net. The definitions were almost always linked to the Christian Bible. Strange… Don’t they know? I know, for certain, that believers from all religions bless each other and that this is not a Christian phenomena. Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Shintoists, Buddhists. You name the rest. We all have a word that, translated into English, means BLESSING.

My husband, who is Japanese and who is always wiling to help, but does not have a clue of what I am looking for, helped me by writing the characters for me and finding answers by talking to Siri’s Japanese twin sister. The Japanese know how to write the characters, but they are not always aware of or interested in the deeper meanings of them. After a while of digging and searching my Ahaaa-moment finally came.

I knew the word from before. Shukufuku. And I knew it is a combination of two characters.

祝 and 福. Shuku, the first character, means to celebrate. Fuku, the second character, means good luck, having a lot…abundance. The two combined means to celebrate abundance! Wow! I did a happy dance! To be in a state of celebration of all the good things, of all the good luck, the happy, big and small things that life is made of! That is bliss. That is being in a state of blessedness.

I hereby adopt this definition of “bliss”, “bless” and “blessedness”!

May you celebrate your abundance!

 May you always find a reason to celebrate your abundance!

May your life be a celebration of life’s abundance.

Grete

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