John O’Donohue was an Irish poet, scholar and priest best known for his writings on Celtic mysticism and the natural world. He grew up in County Clare, Ireland, a landscape that profoundly influenced his work. He called the west of Ireland “a huge wild invitation to extend your imagination…an ancient conversation between the land and sea.”
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“The eternal world and the mortal world are not parallel, rather they are fused."
“I think the divine is like a huge smile that breaks somewhere in the sea within you, and gradually comes up again.”
“The Bible says that no one can see God and live. In a transferred sense, no person can see himself and live. All you can ever achieve is a sense of your soul.”
“Let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think possible and see what shimmers within the storm.”
“Let us thank the Earth
That offers ground for home
And holds our feet firm
To walk in space open
To infinite galaxies.”
“Each day is a secret story woven around the radiant heart of wonder. The sacred duty of being an individual is to gradually learn how to live so as to awaken the eternal within you."
"May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within."
"Love is the threshold where divine and human presence ebb and flow into each other."
"There is an unseen life that dreams us. It knows our true direction and destiny. We can trust ourselves more than we realize and we need have no fear of change."
“We need to return to the solitude within, to find again the dream that lies at the hearth of the soul. We need to feel the dream with the wonder of a child approaching a threshold of discovery. When we rediscover our childlike nature, we enter into a world of gentle possibility.”
“May you take the time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.”
“Your body is in the soul, and the soul suffuses you completely. Therefore, all around you there is a secret and beautiful soul-light.”
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