A Morning Offering – by John O’Donohue

Here’s a deeply moving and inspiring poem by Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue (1956 to 2008) who had a great grasp of fertile quality of imagination found in Celtic Wisdom. He wrote so beautifully about in his book Anam Cara.

A Morning Offering

I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.

All that is eternal in me
Welcome the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.

I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Wave of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

~ John O’Donohue ~

(From To Bless the Space Between Us)

Consider joining me on a Journey to the West of Ireland to the amazing region of The Burren where John O’Donohue was born and raised. For more information on the next trip visit http://creativitygoeswild.com/west-of-ireland/

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  1. “I place on the altar of dawn” — the magnificence of that line and the natural awe we can share at the beginning of each gift of day does not leave me.

    Already introduced to O’Donohue, I can barely ready more than a few lines in his Anam Cara before I am in deep reflection. Because of your post, I spent a bit of time on his website also — makes the pull toward Ireland even more.

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