At the heart of things is a secret law of balance and when our approach is respectful, sensitive and worthy, gifts of healing, challenge and creativity open to us.
A gracious approach is the key that unlocks the treasure of encounter.
The way we are present to each other is frequently superficial. We become more interested in ‘connection’ rather than communion.
In many areas of our lives the rich potential of friendship and love remains out of our reach because we push towards ‘connection.’
When we deaden our own depths, we cannot strike a resonance in those we meet or in the work we do.
A reverence of approach awakens depth and enables us to be truly present where we are.
When we approach with reverence great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty of things.
When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us.
The rushed heart and the arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.
Beauty is mysterious, a slow presence who waits for the ready, expectant heart.
John O’Donohue, Irish poet and philosopher
Excerpt from BEAUTY
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