Words from the poet John O’Donohue for times such as these.
For all the explorers, for those who know they cannot stay where they are and those determined to start out again.
When the light around you lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as a stone inside,
When you find yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you unknowingly
Leaned on has fallen,
When one voice commands
Your whole heart,
And it is raven dark,
Steady yourself and see
That it is your own thinking
That darkens your world,
Search and you will find
A diamond-thought of light,
Know that you are not alone
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.
Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.
Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark.
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.
A new confidence will come alive
To urge you towards higher ground
Where your imagination
Will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold!
From Benedictus: A Book of Blessings
Know that you are not walking on your own…
- Monday: Still possible
- Tuesday: Sorry, there are no maps today
- Wednesday: Only seeing with our heart
- Thursday: On exploring our unique resonance
- Friday: Cultivating our capacity for exploration