Saturday, November 12, 2011

a quiet light

There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no
attention to itself, though it is always secretly there.
It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire 
to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life. Without this
subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and
no horizon would ever awaken our longing. Our passion for life
is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is welded to
the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what
enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here 
as blessing. We enter the world as strangers who all at once 
become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that has 
long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us.
The gift of the world is our first blessing.

~ John O'Donohue
from the introduction to To Bless the Space Between Us
art by Leonardo Da Vinci