Awakening in the World

A Blessing: Awakening in the World

by John O’Donohue

Blessed be the longing that brought you here and that quickens your soul with wonder.

May you have the courage to befriend your eternal longing.

May you enjoy the critical and creative companionship of the question “Who Am I?” and may it brighten your longing.

May a secret Providence guide your thought and shelter your feeling.

May your mind inhabit your life with the same sureness with which your body belongs to the world.

May the sense of something absent enlarge your life.

May your soul be as free as the every-new waves of the sea.

May you succumb to the danger of growth.

May you live in the neighbourhood of wonder.

May you belong to love with the wildness of Dance.

May you know that you are ever embraced in the kind circle of God.


In John O’Donohue’s book, “Eternal Echoes, Celtic Reflections on our Yearning to Belong“, he says in a Celtic dialect of Ireland, when someone asks a child who he is, he says “To whom do you belong?” The Longing to Belong speaks to some eternal echo, as O’Donohue writes:

The human heart is a theatre of longing. One of our deepest longings is to find love and friendship.

Our first journey was the journey to the earth and we are still travelling… there is no other way into the universe except through the body of a woman.

[We come as children]: the child lives in the neighbourhood of wonder where innocence keeps mystery playful. Each new event and encounter is all-absorbing… the child lives in the house of discovery.


May you discover the One to whom you belong.

May we discover those with whom we belong.

For more see: “The Greatest Gift of my Friendship.”

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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