‘Blessing’ means a special favour, mercy or a special benefit from Bhagavan. The Sanskrit words are ‘anugraha’ and asheervaada, expression of a blessing.
What do we consider as blessings? Generally, blessings are the moments, circumstances, and people that bring joy, abundance, and positivity into our lives. They come in many forms –
Blessings of Health: Good health which includes physical and emotional well-being and the absence of debilitating diseases. Being able to continue one’s pursuits without significant health issues is a substantial blessing.
Blessings of Wealth and Financial Stability which includes having a stable income, savings, and the ability to meet one’s basic needs comfortably. It also includes good returns on investments and the freedom to pursue life priorities comfortably.
Blessings of Opportunities may involve education in a school or university with good credentials, career advancements, prospects of senior positions, and chances to make a positive impact in the world.
Blessings of Supportive Relationships: Supportive relationships and connections with family members, friends, mentors provide emotional support, encouragement, a sense of belonging and love.
Blessings of Talents and Abilities include our artistic skills, intellectual capabilities, which delight us, enrich our lives and can be shared with others.
Blessings of Nature and the Environment which sustain our health and life. Additionally a breathtaking sunset, a serene forest, or a pristine beach add much joy and wonder.
Blessings of Peace and Safety includes political and economic stability of the country one lives in, safety from harm, and minimal conflict or violence.
Blessing of Time includes the time for one’s life priorities to truly have a well lived life. These may include time with significant and loved people and the time for other interests including what people deeply cherish.