Oct 04 2013

John O’Donohue – For Presence

Published by at 9:15 am under Poetry

For Presence
by John O’Donohue

Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

Receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to
follow its path.

Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.

May anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of

Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek
no attention.

Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the heart of wonder.

— from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O’Donohue

/ Photo by AlicePopkorn /

A blessing poem for us today in ways to be present. One way to understand a blessing is that it is just that: opening a pathway to be present. The idea behind a blessing is that it helps us, in some way, to receive more fully the best possibilities of the moment, the fulness of life, the goodness ready for us, and the bliss hidden in the heart. These are all different ways of saying that a blessing somehow ushers us into the magic and wonder inherent in our own full presence within the present moment.

A blessing doesn’t need to be “religious.” It doesn’t even need to have words. What it needs is your presence. And your goodwill. And then a gentle call to the presence of another. A blessing is presence + presence + All That Is…

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the heart of wonder.

John O'Donohue, John O'Donohue poetry, Christian poetry John O’Donohue

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John O’Donohue is an inspiring Irish philosopher, poet, mystic who passed away unexpectedly in early 2008.

John O’Donohe had degrees in philosophy and literature. His writings, though grounded in academic philosophy and theology, are immediate, personal, very human. He was as much a mystic and a poet as a contributor to philosophical dialog.

Much of his writing and poetry drew deeply from Irish Celtic perspectives, both in Christian and pre-Christian wisdom, while speaking to a widely diverse, modern audience.

More poetry by John O’Donohue

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “John O’Donohue – For Presence”

  1. Therese Monaghan O.P.on 06 Oct 2013 at 6:43 am

    And blessings to you Ivan. John O’Donohue always
    speaks to me as you do. Right now I am trying to welcome the blessing of now–even the pin pricks.
    All is well in the light of Eternity.

  2. som nath narangon 11 Oct 2013 at 8:28 am


  3. som nath narangon 11 Oct 2013 at 8:30 am

    aap ka aashirwad mil gaya hai thanks for ur blessing

  4. Jane Rosson 12 Feb 2014 at 11:31 am

    I have not heard from you recently, so I want to send you my thoughts and prayers. I am thinking you are not well. My husband has a chronic illness, it can be terribly difficult.
    I know, from us readers or your website, you have many prayers of love coming to you and your family even on ordinary days. May you feel the support of this love! Come back to us! Jane

  5. Ivan M. Grangeron 14 Feb 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks so much for your kind words of concern. My health has been up and down in recent months, but I have also been fairly regular with Poetry Chaikhana poem emails and blog posts. It sounds as if you were on the email mailing list but stopped receiving emails for some reason. I’ll make sure you’re added back onto the mailing list. If you’re ever uncertain whether or not you’ve missed any emails, you can always check the Poetry Chaikhana Blog < http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/blog/> to see what has been posted most recently.

    Thanks, and sending love,

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