I have had a month full of rest and joy. Looking for things that make me happy has been an encouraging exercise for my soul. I have found these two quotes from Thomas Merton to be inspiring.
If we are to love one another truly our love will be graced with a clear-sighted prudence which sees and respects the designs of God upon each separate soul. ~Thomas Merton
If we are going to love others at all, we must make up our minds to love well otherwise our love is a delusion. ~Thomas Merton
I have also been starting my days with this blessing. It has touched my heart. May it touch yours.
May you listen to your longing to be free.
May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul.
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart…something good is going to happen to you.
May you find harmony between your soul and your life.
May the mansion of your soul never become a haunted place.
May you know the eternal longing that lies at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May you be set free from the prisons of guilt, fear, disappointment, and despair.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you, mind you, and embrace you in belonging.
For the month of July, I will be looking for the color yellow. It still holds the feeling of happy for me while being more specific in my searching. Please join me. I will continue to tag the images with #practicingmypractice.
Ah, John O’Donohue! Love him! I first heard about him on “On Being” (http://www.onbeing.org/program/inner-landscape-beauty/203). Is this from his book, “To Bless The Space Between Us?” That book has been a blessing and delight to me. I’ve especially been grateful by the way his poem, “On the Death of the Beloved” gave beautiful words to my grief.
Looking forward to the results of your practice!
Yes, this is from his book To Bless the Space Between Us. I love it. Thank you for your encouragement!