Be Inspired

Extract from THE LAYERS by Stanley Kunitz

……Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
“Live in the layers,
not on the litter.”
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.

The GUEST HOUSE by Jellaludin Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Extract from BEANNACHT by John O’Donohue

On the day when                                                                                                                                 The weight deadens                                                                                                                             On your shoulders                                                                                                                             And you stumble,                                                                                                                              May the clay dance                                                                                                                               To balance you.

And when your eyes                                                                                                                          Freeze behind                                                                                                                                      The grey window                                                                                                                               And the ghost of loss                                                                                                                         Gets into you,                                                                                                                                     May a flock of colours,                                                                                                                 Indigo, red, green                                                                                                                              And azure blue,                                                                                                                                Come to awaken in you                                                                                                                         A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays                                                                                                                         In the currach of thought                                                                                                                  And a stain of ocean                                                                                                                 Blackens beneath you,                                                                                                                      May there come across the waters                                                                                                      A path of yellow moonlight                                                                                                                To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,                                                                                May the clarity of light be yours,                                                                                                   May the fluency of the ocean be yours……