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Blessings from John “O’Donohue

Blessings from John ODonohue
~ Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw ~

Recently I came across an article that I had saved, called The Presence of Compassion, an Interview with John O’Donohue by Mary NurrieStearns. The quote below comes from his discussion about compassion and prayer. 


Compassion and Prayer
"There is a place in you...that is the eternal place within you. The more we visit there, the more we are touched and fused with the limitless kindness and affection of the divine…If we can inhabit that reflex of divine presence, then compassion will flow naturally from us.” 

~ John O’Donohue

After reading those eight pages of dialogue in the article, I deeply felt the presence of compassion and the beauty of O’Donohue’s spirit. It reminded me of his powerful short time on earth, the spiritual hope and wisdom that he offered us…and a couple of his books on the shelf that I had not visited recently. This morning, I spent some time with them. Below are some other heart wisdom words from him that I feel moved to share…


Beauty in the Heart
Excerpts from 
Beauty, The Invisible Embrace: 
Rediscovering the True Sources of Compassion, Serenity, and Hope

Yet though the music of the heart may grow faint, there is in each of us an unprotected place that beauty can always reach out and touch. 
When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of the mountains or fields,
or listen to the simple, steadying rhythm of waves.
The slowness and stillness take us over…

When serenity is restored, new perspectives open to us
and difficulty can begin to seem like an invitation to new growth…
the heart of vision is shaped by the state of the soul. When the soul is alive to beauty, we begin to see life in a fresh and vital way…
When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty
becomes our joy and sanctuary.

~ John O’Donohue


Blessings of Retirement
Excerpts from 
To Bless the Space Between Us:A Book of Blessings

This is where your life has arrived,
After all the years of effort and toil;

Look back with graciousness and thanks
On all your great and quiet achievements.

You stand on the shore of new invitation
To open your life to what is left undone;
Let your heart enjoy a different rhythm
When drawn to the wonder of other horizons.

Have the courage for a new approach to time;
Allow it to slow until you find freedom
To draw alongside the mystery you hold
And befriend your own beauty of soul.

Now is the time to enjoy your heart
’s desire,

To live the dreams you’ve  waited for,
To awaken the depths beyond your work
And enter into your infinite source.

~ John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue has been described as an Irish poet and philosopher
and an awakened soul who believed that ancient wisdom
offers spiritual nourishment for the modern world.


Thank you, John O’Donohue. What a gift to spend time reflecting upon your wisdom this morning. May others enjoy it, too.

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