John O'Donohue

A Quote by John O'Donohue on soul, self-love, compassion, and destiny

When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do.

John O'Donohue

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on wisdom, courage, and unknown

Wisdom is the art of being courageous and generous with the unknown.

John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, Pages: 194

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on mystery, silence, interiority, being, and self-knowledge

It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world.

John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, Pages: xv

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on blessing, soul light, beauty, inspiration, work, soul, and prayer

A Blessing
May the light of your soul guide you
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara - A Book of Celtic Wisdom, pp. 160-161

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on celtic spirituality, soul, and longing

For too long, we have believed that the divine is outside us.  This belief has strained our longing disastrously.  This is so lonely since it is human longing that makes us holy.  The most beautiful thing about us is our longing;  this longing is spiritual and has great depth and wisdom.  If you focus your longing on a faraway divinity, you put an unfair strain on your longing.  Thus it often happens that the longing reaches out towards the distant divine, but, because it over-strains itself, it bends back to become cynicism, emptiness or negativity.  This can destroy your sensibility.  Yet we do not need to put any strain on our longing.  If we believe that the body is in the soul and the soul is divine ground, then the presence of the divine is completely here, close with us.

John O'Donohue

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on flowers, bloom, and spring

When one flower blooms, spring awakens everywhere.

John O'Donohue

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on no fear, destiny, and change

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.

John O'Donohue

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on live life, blessings, and rhythm

If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings.  Sometimes the great famine of blessings in and around us derives from the fact that we are not living the life we love; rather, we are living the life that is expected of us.  We have fallen out of rhythm with the secret signature and light of our own nature.

John O'Donohue

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on seasons and cycles

With complete attention, landscape celebrates that liturgy of the seasons, giving itself unreservedly to the passion of the goddess.

John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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A Quote by John O'Donohue on belonging and transformation

The hunger to belong is not merely a desire to be attached to something.  It is rather sensing that great transformation and discovery become possible when belonging is sheltered and true.

John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, Pages: 22

Contributed by: Tsuya

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