~Authentic Reflection

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made

or dark images you hold about yourself.

They remember your beauty when you feel ugly…

your wholeness when you are broken…

your innocence when you feel guilty…

and your purpose when you are confused.

~African saying


~Renewing Humanity

Teach this triple truth to all:

A generous heart,

kind speech,

and a life of service and compassion

are the things which renew humanity.

~The Buddha


John O’Donohue in:

To Bless The Space Between Us


Now that you have entered with an open heart

into a complex and fragile situation,

hoping with patience and respect

to tread softly over sore ground in order    

that somewhere beneath the raw estrangement   

some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed   

to release the grace for a new journey   

beyond repetition and judgment,     

and have achieved nothing of that,   

emerged helpless, and with added hurt….


Withdraw for a while into your own tranquility,   

loosen from your heart the new fester.   

free yourself of the wounded gaze   

that is not yet able to see you.   

Recognize your responsibility for the past.   

Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.   

Draw deep from your own dignity.   

Temper your expectation to the other’s limits,   

and take your time carefully,   

learning that there is a time for everything   

and for healing too….  

but that now is not that time….yet.


Now is the time to free the heart,   

let all intentions and worries stop,   

free the joy inside the self,   

awaken to the wonder of your life.


Open your eyes and see the friends   

whose hearts recognize your face as kin,   

those whose kindness watchful and near,   

encourages you to live everything here.


See the gifts the years have given,   

things your effort could never earn,   

the health to enjoy who you want to be   

and the mind to mirror mystery.

~Come Home to Yourself


~For a New Beginning

flower drop of water 2John O’Donohue
From the book:

Bless The Space Between Us

For a New Beginning

In the out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.


For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.


It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.


Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.


Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.


Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

Copyright © 2008 by John O’Donohue

All Rights Reserved

~A Secure Island

Excerpt from: Living as a River by Bodhipaksa

In studies it has been found

that we frequently

try to find something unchanging and reliable

with which to identify,

something that acts like a secure island

in the midst of a river of change.

Often what we cling to is an


or a religious…identity,

or a sense of…belonging

to a group or nation.

This response is one of fear and clinging.

We see change around us and we’re afraid…

and we try to find something to cling to—

something more permanent and stable than ourselves.

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