Creating space for soul friends

St Patrick’s Day is on Sunday, so I reached for John O’Donohue’s Benedictus: A Book of Blessings.

And next to For Belonging – the lovely blessing we walked with a few weeks ago – was this beautiful poem:

FOR FRIENDSHIP

May you be blessed with good friends,
And learn to be a good friend to yourself,
Journeying to that place in your soul where
There is love, warmth and feeling.
May this change you.

May it transfigure what is negative, distant
Or cold within your heart.

May you be brought into real passion, kindness
And belonging.

May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them, be there for them
And receiving all the challenges, truth and light you need.

May you never be isolated but know the embrace
Of your Anam Cara.

+ John O’Donohue, from Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, Bantam Press, 2007

For a number of us, this is a season of discovering and celebrating both the communities we are part of and the love that flows within them.

We all need soul friends – Anam Cara – and who better to remind us than the Irish poet, theologian and philosopher?

Go well.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

~ When I don’t have a suitable photograph for a post, and the light is poor outside, I go and find the cyclamen that my lovely friend Jan and her cousin from Brecon planted for us years ago…

This week

Another week of weaving around an opening poem, this time We Look with Uncertainty, from Anne Hillman. Still ending with love…

A few good words

Shortly before his untimely death in early 2008, John O’Donohue was in conversation with Krista Tippett for the On Being Podcast. This is one of the most frequently listened-to episodes. And whether you listen for the first time or the umpteenth, it will be time well spent for your soul: The Inner Landscape of Beauty. 🌿