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Sunday Blessing: For One Who is Exhausted
October 16, 2011, 7:56 pm
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Sunday Blessing: For one who is exhausted

Today’s blessing comes once again from “To Bless the Space Between Us” by John O’Donohue. Today I am overwhelmed, I am tired and I have been very pissy with the ones I love and hold dear. It is not any one thing I can pin point. It is all the joy and sadness and business put together. It is the unknown questions in my immediate future and the hollow place I feel for my sister. It is the pace of life and my kids growing up faster than even I thought possible. It is nothing and it is everything. I have a very good life, I am so blessed but for tonight I am just tired, and that is okay too.

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

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