Monday, December 31, 2012
John O'Donohue, author of Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, inspired our non-profit organization's name and its mission to befriend the souls of the world by making meditative practices from a variety of traditions available to everyone. When we shift states, from the ordinary waking mind to the boundless, all-embracing Consciousness of meditation, we come home to our heart, to our humanity, to the fully loving and compassionate source that every cell of our body lives to serve.
In this New Year, as we begin with the extra attention and mindfulness that we bring to such auspicious times, may we have the greatness of heart, the clarity of mind and the surety of wisdom to receive all the blessings this New Year will unfold for us!
May the One, in all Her forms, guide you and bless you all ways!
With profound respect for all the ways that you bring the Light of your true nature into your life everyday, and with deep love and appreciation for you and your unique journey,
yours in service,
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
"Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey."
"Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment."
To Bless The Space Between Us: A Book Of Blessings
For Equilibrium, a Blessing:
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.
(Note: Anam Cara, the name of a book by John O'Donohue, is also the name chosen by Lawrence Edwards (PHD) for his valuable spiritual community/website of that name. The selections presented today from John O'Donohue plus Lawrence Edwards' own words of wisdom seemed especially appropriate for this day of new beginnings. May each of you be blessed with a time of special joy and creativity in the coming year. May each know and fulfill your own soul's purpose and know the gratitude and harmony that this task can bring into your life.
For more from John O'Donohue (now deceased) go to his website at http://www.johnodonohue.com