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”
Lovely! ❤ It has bee quite the year here too, but I am okay 🙂
Thankyou Trini! Taking time to nurture is important 🍀💕
yes! I am doing that now, with Christmas music, candles and Irish Coffee 🙂
Beautiful words, Karen, thank you.
They are beautiful, Thankyou Don.
i love this and it is such a good reminder
It is Beth! His words are beautiful 💕
Just yesterday I told my coworker that I’m tired and feel a heaviness on me. Timely post Karen! ❤
You have had a big year Diana! Listen to your body and I hope you can rejuvenate soon. 💕💕🙏🏻
Thank you Karen. ❤
“Your soul has come to take you back”
Beautiful, Karen ❤
Yes how beautiful are those nurturing words? O’Donohue died at the young age of 52, but his writing will live on for many generations. 💕🙏🏻
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. ❤
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. 🍀🍁🍀🍃
Lovely poem and reminder to slow down and recharge. I’ve been hearing whispers to do so and your beach photo looks like a great place to chill! Thanks Karen.
That photo will be me in a few weeks! I look forward to recharging and I hope you find time to listen to those important whispers Brad. 🙏🏻
Thanks Karen. Enjoy your beach time.
Will do Thankyou 😎
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.
His words and wisdom is a gift. I too love that line and we must take time to absorb that beautiful calmness. I love connecting to that. Thankyou 🙏🏻
Ahhh, O’Donohue’s words rest like a balm upon my soul in this hectic season. Thank you, Karen!
Your comment is a poem Lori!! We all need these calming words.
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.
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. 🌿💕🌿
This morning I watched the fog settle in at the bast of the mountains here. It slowed. Me. Down.
How beautiful Emilie! These are the moments that create peace within. 💕🍀💕
Thanks so much for sharing this. John O’Donohue is one of my favorite authors/poets. Such a gentle soul. ❤
He is a gentle wise soul who always inspires me too. Thankyou 🙏🏻
Really beautiful Karen and so important to do. Stress can be a killer of many things.
I agree Irene. We all need to slow down and re-connect. 🌿🍁🌿
Thankyou Nico 🌿🍁🌿
It is always good to recharge both physically and emotionally.
It is Elizabeth! It makes all the difference 💕🙏🏻💕
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 ❤
Yes I think when there is a practice going on regularly burn-out is avoidable. And holidays are always welcomed!! 🍁🎄🍁
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.
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
That would be wonderful Karen you never know xxxx