the quiet light

Poet John O’Donohue writes that there is a quiet light that shines in every heart.  “It draws no attention to itself, though it is always secretly there.  It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life.”

O’Donohue’s poems are beautiful and in the preface to his book of poetry entitled To Bless the Space Between Us, he writes that . . .”A blessing is a difficult form to render.  I have endeavored to write them as poetically as possible, but they are not poems.  A poem is an utterly independent linguistic object.”

He further writes that each of us can bless.  “When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere.”

One of his lovely blessings below, contained in the poem MATINS:

May I live this day

Compassionate of heart,

Clear in word,

Gracious in awareness,

Courageous in thought,

Generous in love.


May my mind come alive today

To the invisible geography

That invites me to new frontiers,

To break the dead shell of yesterdays,

To risk being disturbed and changed.


About hopeseguin

Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

Posted on January 14, 2010, in Books and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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