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When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight,

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken for the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too 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”

There are some beautiful images and poignant phrases here to guide us to our Middle Ground.

May today be a day for slowing down and noticing the small miracles we rushed through.

Let nature and our senses restore mind, body and spirit.


41 comments on “Inspiration for Hectic Hearts

  1. Thank you, Val, for this beautiful, restorative post.

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  2. Beautiful post, Val. I have found J O’ D to be such an inspiration along the way.

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  3. This is perfectly timed wisdom, Val. Many thanks… โค

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  4. That is a brilliant poem choice Val…. I take great pleasure watching the rain.. Nature always restores your spirit and aligns us with that sense of freedom.. Thank YOU dear Val โค

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    • Thank you dear Sue. Finding balance and restoring our inner spirit is so important these days, otherwise we can get swept up in the chaos and disturbances out there! Have a lovely weekend ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•


  5. You have pointed us well to this profound poem, Val

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  6. Oh did I ever enjoy this poem, Val. There are so many brilliant lines and words. I thank you for this serenity, and will cherish it the whole day.

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  7. I like the idea of hanging around someone who seems to have all the time in the world…


  8. A wise pathway Val, to finally ‘know’ is to let it go and just be. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿฆ‹

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  9. Beautiful words of wisdom ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. My fave stanza:

    Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
    Learn to linger around someone of ease
    Who feels they have all the time in the world.

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  11. This was beautiful, Val. I feel it could have applied directly to my last week or so… Struggling with a dilemma that sort of drained me. And then it feels there’s no way out. (Only in the sense of there being no great options.) But this is the mistake of the heavy clouds that settle in: the way is still there, it’s just temporarily obscured from view. And with patience, and a little nurturing light, things can change radically! It’s good to remember.

    Hope you are well!

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    • Stepping away and soaking in the nurturing light is a wonderful way of putting it. So glad it felt right for you at this time. Thank you and be well. ๐Ÿ’›


  12. What a beautiful poem, Val, and hopeful words that you share, too. Thank you!

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  13. Val, thank you, always, for the gentle nudge to that middle ground.

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  14. John O’Donohue is my favorite author. A beautiful share, Val.

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  15. “Let nature and our senses restore mind, body and spirit.” Perfect!

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  16. Esdi Dylan

    Such a beautiful post!๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  17. Thank you for the gift of this poem. It was the perfect way to start my day. In the past few months I feel that the Oregon rivers have taught me the most about how to be in a moment of peace. But those moments are so fleeting. I think my connections this summer with nature are why this part particularly resonated with me.
    “Draw alongside the silence of stone
    Until its calmness can claim you.
    Be excessively gentle with yourself.”
    Val, thank you for your ongoing blessing to my days.
    Be well.

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  18. Such a wonderful poem! The beauty of God’s creation is well expressed in this poem. Thank you so much for letting us experience these wondrous gifts thru your awesome gift of wisdom.

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  19. Wise words. I am grateful to you for posting them here now for us all to read. ๐Ÿ’–

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