Go Within

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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”




41 thoughts on “Go Within

  1. My heart has been heavy since our election here in the US. I feel so sad about the anti environment legislature that is purported to pass during the president-elect’s first 100 days. I feel like we have betrayed Her, yet She keeps giving to us. I love Her. She always brings me back to my Self.
    Beautiful post, Karen. ❤

    1. You have not betrayed her Mary. Sometimes the fight and the injustice make us tired and heavy, but she is not sad or angry, let go and know that what you do is all that matters, we cannot concern ourselves with anything else. 🍀🍁🍀🍃

  2. Love John O’Donohue, and these beautiful words. Specifically, “Draw alongside the silence of stone, until its calmness can claim you.” This just speaks to my soul, especially when out hiking and I come upon so many magnificent stones some bigger than I can ever imagine, and some so small I may miss them, but all reflecting the magnificence of silence. Thank you for this gift today.

  3. Love this Karen 💛 As Lori said, he is balm upon the soul!
    Nurturing ourselves is so important when the word around us is challenging our values and most important beliefs about life.

  4. Yes and not to let this energy build up in us! I’m looking forward to resting in that hammock soon and connecting to calm! I hope you have some rest coming your way soon too Val. 🌿💕🌿

  5. Yes, a very busy year for me too, but not to the point of feeling burn-out. I don’t do that to myself anymore 🙂 But still looking forward to the Holidays and hope I will not need to work for a couple of weeks. Love the poem ❤

  6. Wow! Love this Karen. We sat on the deck last night watching the rain come down. A huge relief after such a hot day. My daughter and I savouring the cool breeze and the smell of rain on hot earth which always takes me back to being a child. Love the smell of rain and especially the sound it makes on a tin roof too!. Happy New Year beautiful lady thanks for always giving us such positivity we are blessed to know you.

    1. They are beautiful words! Rain can definitely evoke wonderful memories. We are in Kingscliffe NSW and it has been so hot but no rain for us. We absolutely love the beach and I am very grateful for holidays. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family Kath. Hopefully we will meet one day and have a great chat 💚💕💚 enjoy your holidays xx

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