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John O’Donohue – Easter Blessing

It can be hard at times not to become overwhelmed by personal pain, the pain of those we love, and the pain in – and of – our world. And, in that overwhelm, to move into anger, despair, destructive actions. Today, John’s … Continue reading

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For Equilibrium – John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue described a blessing as ‘a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen’. This one is for equilibrium – our sense is many of us stand in need of this just at present…. ‘A … Continue reading

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John O’Donohue – For the Family & Friends of a Suicide

John O’Donohue offering tenderness in the face of one of the most painful experiences life can bring. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter Counselling Exeter since 1994

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John O’Donohue on Air, Space and Michelangelo

‘The generosity of air allows each object to emerge and to be. Air gives space. Without space individuality would be impossible. Form is the secret of individuality. And form is a line cut into space. In this sense air is … Continue reading

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John O’Donohue on Grief

People often come to this service bringing grief, sometimes for a death, sometimes other forms of loss. Our sense is that the process of mourning and letting go is a profoundly important one therapeutically, and plays a significant part in … Continue reading

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John O’Donohue on the Senses

“Human skin is porous; the world flows through you. Your senses are large pores that let the world in. By being attuned to the wisdom of your senses, you will never become an exile in your own life, an outsider … Continue reading

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John O’Donohue ‘For Beauty’

For Beauty As stillness in stone to silence is wed, May solitude foster your truth in word. As a river flows in ideal sequence, May your soul reveal where time is presence. As the moon absolves the dark of distance, … Continue reading

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