One of my favourite poets and writers is John O’ Donohue. Yesterday I was in a reflective mood and found myself going through some of his poetry in a book of his called “Benedictus.” I came across this line that kind of leapt out at me.
“Awaken to the mystery of being here, and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.”
That little phrase, “…enter the quiet immensity of your own presence,” really got me thinking. I wonder if we ever think of ourselves as being immense? I don’t know how you feel about this, but more than often we tend to limit ourselves, not only through what we think about ourselves, but also how we allow others and society in general to define us.
By allowing all this we make ourselves very small, cramped and ineffective, that’s why there’s something deeply enticing and attractive about pondering on the immensity of our beings, not in an egotistical and arrogant way, but in a sober and realistic way. Who knows what kind of possibilities will open up for us if we do. I think that’s precisely what John O’Donohue was getting at.
And so my challenge to all who may read this post is to just ponder on those words, “enter the quiet immensity of your presence.” Let them speak in to your being and let them nurture a more expansive and effective you. Perhaps you would even want to use them as a kind of a mantra or affirmation throughout the day. Let them address and speak in to those cramped and narrow places and create a wonderful spaciousness from the inside.