Tuesday, June 26, 2012

An Irish Blessing by John O'Donohue

I wanted to share a poem/blessing that an ME friend shared with me as I struggle to come to terms with being this ill again. It's a time of grief and that's what I'll give myself permission to feel without judgement.

For me this is a quite powerful blessing and captures the essence of what I struggle with. I cry every time I read it. I plan on using this in my meditations and reflections.

To all of you who suffer from ME:

A Blessing for a Friend on the Arrival of Illness
By John O'Donohue 
Now is the time of dark invitation
Beyond a frontier you did not expect;
Abruptly, your old life seems distant.
You barely noticed how each day opened
A path through fields never questioned,
Yet expected, deep down, to hold treasure.
Now your time on earth becomes full of threat;
Before your eyes your future shrinks.
You lived absorbed in the day-to-day,
So continuous with everything around you,
That you could forget you were separate;
Now this dark companion has come between you.
Distances have opened in your eyes.
You feel that against your will
A stranger has married your heart.
Nothing before has made you
Feel so isolated and lost.
When the reverberations of shock subside in you,
May grace come to restore you to balance,
May it shape a new space in your heart
To embrace this illness as a teacher
Who has come to open your life to new worlds.
May you find in yourself
A courageous hospitality
Toward what is difficult,
Painful, and unknown.
May you learn to use this illness
As a lantern to illuminate
The new qualities that will emerge in you.
May the fragile harvesting of this slow light
Help to release whatever has become false in you.
May you trust this light to clear a path
Through all the fog of old unease and anxiety
Until you feel a rising within you a tranquility
Profound enough to call the storm to stillness.
May you find the wisdom to listen to your illness:
Ask it why it came. Why it chose your friendship,
Where it wants to take you. What it wants you to know.
What quality of space it wants to create in you.
What you need to learn to become more fully yourself
That your presence may shine in the world.
May you keep faith with your body,
Learning to see it as a holy sanctuary
Which can bring this night-wound gradually
Toward the healing and freedom of dawn.


Judy said...

That truly is a beautiful poem. I printed it out to put on my wall. You will probably enjoy this song tribute to all of us from a non-pwc blogger and friend: http://cinderbridge.blogspot.com/2012/05/me-awareness-day-aint-no-force-on-earth.html


ME CFS Self-help Guru said...

What a beautiful poem, a wonderful way to approach self healing!

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Pris said...

Wonderful poem!