May you experience each day as a sacred gift
woven around the heart of wonder. John O'Donohue For Presence, To Bless the Space Between
Us (titled Benedictus in Europe, Ireland and UK).
The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and
faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of
exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within
the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime
is womb-time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves
everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away.
We rest in the night. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
Your soul is the priestess of memory, selecting, sifting, and
ultimately gathering your vanishing days toward presence. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
Beauty is the illumination of your soul. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be
still and let love discover us. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
To be human is to belong. Belonging is a circle that embraces
everything; if we reject it, we damage our nature. The word
'belonging' holds together the two fundamental aspects of life:
Being and Longing, the longing of our Being and the being of
our Longing. John O'Donohue Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our
Yearning to Belong.
We do not need to operate according to the idea of a predetermined
program for our lives. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that
which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to
you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there
is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The
more love you give away, the more love you will have. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
You are as young as you feel. If you begin to feel the warmth
of your soul, there will be a youthfulness in you that no one
will be able to take away from you. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of
encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps
you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed
on your own. John O'Donohue Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our
Yearning to Belong.
Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone
has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect,
oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where
you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness
of rhythm in your journey. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
Consumerism is the worship of the god of quantity; advertising
is its liturgy. Advertising is schooling in false longing. John O'Donohue Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our
Yearning to Belong.
In this post-modern world the hunger to belong has rarely been
more intense, more urgent. With many of the ancient, traditional
shelters now in ruins, it is as if society has lost the art
of fostering community. Consumerism propels us towards an ever-more
lonely and isolated existence - although technology pretends
to unite us, more often than not all it delivers are simulated
images that distance us from our lives. John O'Donohoe
In the human face, a life looks out at the world and also looks
in on itself....When bitterness, anger, or resentment are left
untransfigured, the face becomes a mask. Yet one also encounters
the opposite, namely, the beautiful presence of an old face
deeply lined and inscribed by time and experience that has retained
a lovely innocence... In such a face a lovely luminosity shines
out into the world. It casts a tender light that radiates a
sense of wholeness and wholesomeness. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet
immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage
to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety
never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the
heart of wonder. John O'Donohue A Blessing, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections
on Our Yearning to Belong.
Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the
silence of another world waits. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
The human face is the subtle yet visual autobiography of each
person. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone.
Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the
silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No
one else can bring you news of this inner world. Through the
opening of the mouth, we bring out sounds from the mountain
beneath the soul. These sounds are words. The world is full
of words. There are so many talking all the time, loudly, in
rooms, on streets, on television, on radio, in the paper, in
books. The noise of words keeps what we call the world there
for us. We take each other's sounds and make patterns, predictions,
benedictions, and blasphemies. Each day, our tribe of language
holds what we call the world together. Yet the uttering of the
word reveals how each of us relentlessly creates. Everyone is
an artist. Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxes
the invisible to become visible. John O'Donohue
Opening words of Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
I would love to live
like a river flows,
carried by the surprise
of its own unfolding. John O'Donohue Unfinished Poem.
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you. John O'Donohue
A Blessing, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart,
it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there
was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was
fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there
was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness;
where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and
in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it
is like a rebirth, a new beginning. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious.
Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes
belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to
release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person's
soul. This recognition is described in a beautiful line from
Pablo Neruda: 'You are like nobody since I love you.' This art
of love discloses the special and sacred identity of the other
person. Love is the only light that can truly read the secret
signature of the other person's individuality and soul. Love
alone is literate in the world of origin; it can decipher identity
and destiny. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
May you be blessed with good friends.
May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where
there is great love,
warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.
May this change you.
May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold
May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship. and affinity
May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them and may you be there for them;
May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth,
and light that you need for your journey.
May you never be isolated.
May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your
anam cara. John O'Donohue
A Friendship Blessing, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides
everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can
be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient,
kindness inevitably reveals itself. Something deep in the human
soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something
instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able
to trust and open ourselves. John O'Donohue To Bless the Space Between Us (entitled
Benedictus in Europe, Ireland and UK).
I give thanks for arriving safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes to see the world,
The gift of mind to feel at home
In my life, the waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring. John O'Donohue To Waking, To Bless the Space Between Us
(titled Benedictus in Europe, Ireland and UK).
When one flower blooms spring awakens everywhere. John O'Donohue
The heart is the inner face of your life. The human journey
strives to make this inner face beautiful. It is here that love
gathers within you. Love is absolutely vital for a human life.
For love alone can awaken what is divine within you. In love,
you grow and come home to your self. When you learn to love
and let yourself be loved, you come home to the hearth of your
own spirit. You are warm and sheltered. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately
and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not
revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between
the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people." John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
If you try to view yourself through the lenses that others offer
you, all you will see are distortions; your own light and beauty
will become blurred, awkward, and ugly. Your sense of inner
beauty has to remain a very private thing. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your
soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities.
When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of
your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the
secret heart of time. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never do
back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing
that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency
and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are
loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back
from striving toward the summit of fulfillment. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
We do not need to grieve for the dead. Why should we grieve
for them? They are now in a place where there is no more shadow,
darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. They are home. John O'Donohue Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.
On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
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 currach 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. John O'Donohue Beannacht/Blessing (for Josie, my mother),
Echoes of Memory.
John O'Donohue was an Irish author,
poet, philosopher and former Catholic priest. He was born in County
Clare on January 1, 1956. He died suddenly on January 4, 2008. He
is best known for popularizing Celtic spirituality and is the author
of a number of best-selling books on the subject.