During the week I’ve been musing on ‘what is our voice?’
Recognising that this is not necessarily the same as ‘what are our words’, I have enjoyed starting to explore its depth and breadth. And know there is a whole world waiting for us to come into our own as quiet disruptors…
Therefore, rather than a long reflection this weekend, I offer a starting place. Our presence. The foundation stone for finding and using our voice.
If our words or actions are dissonant with our presence, then we can’t be heard. And we can’t change the conversation for good – however that may be expressed.
So here is a profound blessing from John O’Donohue. Pause and let it draw you in and lead you on. Coming to the place where you embrace your presence and enjoy the beauty of who you are becoming.
Awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
Receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to follow its path.
Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.
My anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
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, Benedictus – a book of blessings, Bantum Press 2007
Thanks for your company – I am enjoying your presence!
Weaving a tapestry of delight and provocation.
- Monday: Gathering at the edge
- Tuesday: We delight in you…
- Wednesday: Perfection is overrated…
- Thursday: A new voice?
- Friday: Beyond words