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 colour
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.
John O’Donohue, Irish poet and philosopher
Excerpt from the blessing, ‘For One Who is Exhausted’
Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
Photo: Connemara, Co. Galway / Ireland © Ann Cahill