Saturday, April 6, 2019

enter into the gentleness

When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, 
you will begin to hear this gentle voice at the heart of your life.
 It is deeper and surer than all the other voices 
of disappointment, unease, self-criticism and bleakness. 
All holiness is about learning to hear the voice of your own soul.
 It is always there and the more deeply you learn to listen, 
the greater surprises and discoveries that will unfold. 
To enter into the gentleness of your own soul
 changes the tone and quality of your life. 
Your life is no longer consumed by hunger for the next event,
 experience or achievement. You learn to come down 
from the treadmill and walk on the earth. 
You gain a new respect for yourself and others 
and you learn to see how wonderfully precious this one life is. 
You begin to see through the enchanting veils of illusion 
that you had taken for reality. You no longer squander yourself 
on things and situations that deplete your essence. 
You know now that your true source is not outside you. 
Your soul is your true source and a new energy
 and passion awakens in you. 

~ John O'Donohue
from Beauty, The Invisible Embrace


jacquin said...

It's so nice to have a reassuring word on hearing the gentle quiet voice within. So often the focus is the inner argument between competing voices, the despair of feeling like the evil doppelgänger always wins, that the true and good self can never emerge fully. Mindfully placing our attention on that quieter voice is a good place to start