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Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue had a strong influence on me in the early days of my spiritual journey. When I read or listened to him read his words, I felt them move straight into my heart without bouncing around in my head or my ears. That was not a typical experience for me.  Every word I ever read from this insightful, illumined Being inspired me, almost feeling as though they had been written just for me.

Today I am going to share his Blessing for a New Day, from the book To Bless the Space Between Us, one of his many writings which touched me in ways that defy description.  May these ideas bypass your mind and find a home in your heart, as they have in mine.

sunrise 10Blessing for a New Day
John O’Donohue

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 you.
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.

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I wrote this blessing out on a 3 x 5 card and read it to myself every morning, first thing, upon rising. This established a powerful intention for my whole day. I strongly urge you to consider finding some way to experience his loving message, either utilizing my method or selecting any other option which feels right to you. If you choose to follow this advice, I am confident that you will feel John O’Donohue touch your soul, from the eternal sphere where his Spirit now resides.

Have an amazing Independence Day if you are in America or an equally enriching weekend if you do not.

Know that you are forever Loved, just as you are, because you are LOVE itself.

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