I have seen a lot of people lately, who feel burned-out and tired from a busy year. When we ignore the signs to nurture ourselves on a regular basis, our energy builds up, creating a heavy tiredness that is hard to shift. John O’Donohue’s words are comforting, and remind us to spend time these holidays, resting and rejuvenating our mind, body and spirit.
“You have travelled to fast over false ground
Now your soul has come to take you back
Take refuge in your senses, open up to all the small miracles you rushed through
Become inclined to watch the way of rain, when it falls slow and free
Imitate the habit of twilight, taking time to open the well of color that fostered the brightness of day
Draw alongside the silence of stone, until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself
Stay clear of those vexed in spirit, learn to linger around someone of ease,
who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself, having learned a new respect for your heart
and the joy that dwells far within slow time.
John O’Donohue from “Blessings”