St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) is a day that brings forth ‘the wearing of the green and stories of leprechauns.  It also brings gentle reminders of Celtic spirituality which seems to transcend institutionalized religion and encourages people to consider aspects of the essence of life … like the Ancient Celtic Prayer for Peace and Sleep.

As many know, sleep can be the elusive pimpernel of the night. Night time, for many, seems to be a time when
… minds seem to worry about more things
… pain seems to hurt more acutely
… grief seems to be more intense.

And this past year, even more so, with 
… COVID-19 spreading its tentacles in every continent
… more people in self-isolation
… growing numbers of people denied entry into particular countries
… anxiety about the increasing number of COVID “strains”
… questions about accessibility of vaccines

We need to sleep.  
We need to sleep well.

This night before St. Patrick’s Day, let us welcome this adaptation of the Ancient Celtic Prayer for Sleep into our consciousness
… as a prayer
… as a wish
… as a hope.

May the peace of the tallest mountain
the peace of the smallest stone
be our peace. 
May the stillness of the stars
watch over us.
 may the everlasting music of the wave
lull us to rest.”
My friends,
May we all sleep well this night.
May all sleep well in the nights-to-come.
And may all awaken in the morning experiencing peace in heart and mind and body.
Happy  St. Patrick’s Day everyone.

Comments are always welcome.  🙂

© June Maffin
Ancient Celtic Prayer  Calligraphic artist: George Simpson
Ancient Celtic Prayer Author: Unknown