OUR ELEMENTAL NATURE
“When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of mountains or fields, or listen to the simple, steadying rhythm of waves. The slowness and the stillness gradually take us over. Our breathing deepens and our hearts calm and our hungers relent. When serenity is restored, new perspectives open to us and difficulty can begin to seem like an invitation to new growth. This is also the experience of prayer. The tired machinations of the ego are abandoned. It no longer needs to push or prove itself in the combat of competition. Beneath the frenetic streams of thought, the quieter, elemental nature of the self takes over and calms our presence. ”
John O’Donohue – Excerpt from BEAUTY
Such beautifully profound words from one of my favorite Irish Mystics. Ego abandoned, in other words surrender, letting go. To feel the ache of despair may seem overwhelming, yet there is a peace that comes with surrender; while ripped open in that gut wrenching place of despair we find peace. We realize there is a higher purpose here that can only be birthed in the surrender. I think in this place, solitude and communion with nature become two of our greatest healers. We will lose many we believed were friends, and our previous perceptions are shed, Yet, eventually we come home to our true selves and in this secret, quiet place we find rest.