“May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire…that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe,” is one of my favorite lines in John O’Donohue’s poem For Longing.
And: “May your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.”
Another one: “May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease…to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.”
The whole poem is below; I discovered it at a Decluttering Your Soul retreat on Bowen Island, BC (which I wrote about in You Are More Good Than You Realize ~ Echoes of the Cradle). This Celtic blessing helped me decide to spend next month traveling in Nepal and India! I’m celebrating my 50th year with a solo pilgrimage from Kathmandu to Delhi — including a scenic flight over Mount Everest with Buddha Air.
Have you ever been on a pilgrimage?
A pilgrimage is a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, involving a search for new or expanded meaning about yourself, others, nature or God. A spiritual pilgrimage can lead to new insights and personal transformation…or maybe just a breath-taking view of the world’s highest mountain peak 🙂
What are you waiting for?
Seriously: who or what are you waiting for?
Maybe you’re observing Advent. You may be in a season of preparation and waiting, of anticipation and joy for the birth of Christ. Maybe you’re waiting to go somewhere for Christmas, or for family to visit for the holidays.
Or perhaps you’re waiting to go somewhere for Christmas, or for family to visit for the holidays. Or maybe you’re waiting for the holiday season to be over so you don’t have to be reminded of who and what you lost. Maybe you’re waiting for the right person to come into your life, or something old to die and something new to be born.
Sometimes waiting is good and healthy — a time of preparation and anticipation. But sometimes waiting is an excuse to passively accept a hopeless situation or life of quiet desperation. We say we’re waiting and even praying, but we’re really just stuck.
“May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease,” writes John O’Donohue, “to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.”
Listen to your heart’s desires. Spend five minutes with God. Take a deep breath. Let your thoughts settle, your heart open, your spirit rise. What do you long for? Let your mind play with whatever comes.
“May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire…that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.”
In His Spirit,
~ John O’Donohue
blessed be the longing that brought you here
and quickens your soul with wonder.
may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship –
be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.
may the one you long for long for you.
may your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.
may a secret providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.
may your mind inhabit your life with the sureness
with which your body inhabits the world.
may your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.
may you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.
may you know the urgency with which God longs for you.
*John O’Donohue was an Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher. His most recent book (published 10 years after his death) is Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World.
New “Blossom Tips”
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5 Ways to Make the Second Half of Your Life Meaningful – How will you spend the second half of life? Who will you be, what will you do, where will you go? Maybe you’re a woman over 50 who is looking for meaningful ideas for the rest of your life. If so, you are not alone. I’m turning fifty in four months, and I can’t wait!
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