John O’Donohue on Kindness

Feels like an important theme this week….. Important to remember and weave into how we live. It’s the only antidote that works. Here’s the text, for those who have difficulty seeing Facebook links – beautiful photo from Ann Cahill too:-


There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself. Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselves.

John O’Donohue

Excerpt from BENEDICTUS (Europe) / 

Ballyvaughan / Co. Clare
Photo: © Ann Cahill

Here’s the book link (we have this lovely book in the sitting area at our service):-

And here are some words from John about his intention in writing:-

‘We have fallen out of belonging. Consequently, when we stand before crucial thresholds in our lives, we have no rituals to protect, encourage and guide us as we cross over into the unknown. For such crossings, we need to find new words. What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word. This book is an attempt to reach into that tenuous territory of change that we must cross…’

Yes, we wish those new words to all who need them.

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling in Exeter since 1994

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