September 1, 2010

{Treasured Words}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
Words have magic and power to them. Words that you and your partner consider for your wedding vows are treasured “borrowed wisdom.” You may choose sacred words from an old religious text or something from your ancient heritage, like the Cherokee Wedding Prayer or Celtic Blessings, or perhaps from literature, such as Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Whatever source you borrow from . . . the words are a gift. Even if you write your own vows, these are words that have resonated with other ageless lovers searching for that perfect expression of the heart.

As you speak the words of declaration at your wedding, don’t rush. Allow their energy and rhythm to flow deep inside you, feel them in your heart, moving you to a new place of love and commitment.

Here’s an idea for a bit of wedding ceremony practice: During the “busyness” of wedding planning, why don’t you and your partner choose favorite love poems to read to each other as a way to stay connected. Close your eyes if you’re the one listening; gently deepen your breathing; and as the words are spoken, see if you can feel them in your body. Practice until you can feel your heart open so you know the difference ... and then when those treasured words are spoken at your wedding, your heart will be ready!

Love. Listen. Let go.

...with love from Cornelia

[Photograph: David Willems]

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