Sunday Selections

Third Sunday of Advent: Animals


Nearer to the earth’s heart
Deeper within its silence
Animals know this world
In a way we never will.

We who are ever
Distanced and distracted
By the parade of bright
Windows thought opens:
Their seamless presence
Is not fractured thus.

Stranded between time
Gone and time emerging,
We manage seldom
To be where we are:
Whereas they are always
Looking out from
The here and now.

May we learn to return
And rest in the beauty
Of animal being,
Learn to lean low,
Leave our locked minds
And with freed senses
Feel the earth
Breathing with us.
May we enter
Into lightness of spirit,
And slip frequently into
The feel of the wild.

Let the clear silence
Of our animal being
Cleanse our hearts
Of corrosive words.

May we learn to walk
Upon the earth
With all their confidence
And clear-eyed stillness
So that our minds
Might be baptized
In the name of the wind
And the light of the rain.

“To Learn From Animal Beings” – John O’Donohue

6 thoughts on “Sunday Selections

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  2. Wow. Love this! Such a wonderful reminder to slow down and BE in the present moment. The here and now in the midst of holiday preparations. Thank you, as always for your Sunday Selections!

  3. John O’Donohue always takes my breath away and this poem is no exception. He fosters such a connection to the animal kingdom through his words: their sense of time, their stillness, their depth. Good lessons for this week of advent.

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