Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In the name of the wind, light and rain


To Learn from Animal Being

May we learn to return
and rest in the beauty
Of animal being,
Learn to lean low,
Leave our unlocked minds,
And with freed senses
Feel the earth
Breathing with us.

May we enter
Into lightness of spirit,
And slip frequently into
The feel of the wild.

Let the clear silence
Of our animal being
Cleanse our hearts
Of corrosive words.

May we learn to walk
Upon the earth
With all their confidence
And clear-eyed stillness
So that our minds
Might be baptized
In the name of the wind
And the light and the rain.

-John O'Donohue (from To Bless the Space Between Us)

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