Thursday, December 22, 2011

For Presence, For Peace and Joy

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 soul.

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. -- John O'Donohue, For Presence

44 comments:

Sea Angels said...

It feels like a blessing.. such beautiful words together with your lovely work and photographs..thank you
Hugs Lynn xxx

sukipoet said...

your posts are always so exquisite, balm for the eyes, the soul. Wonderful blessing and oh my, I do love your decorations. blessings to you for the holiday and year ahead. Suki

George said...

A wonderful and inspiring post, Donna. I must also note that you and I often think along the same lines. My Christmas posting is also a John O'Donohue blessing, specifically, the one titled "For Equilibrium." Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Erin at BeingPoetry said...

so lovely. many thanks and light to you.

nancy neva gagliano said...

LOVE what you did with "for presence"...i'd sent that out
'poem' out to friends, but you've brought it to life ...
with christmas at your house.
Santa, Santa, Santa...
BUDDHA!!! x0nn

La Dolce Vita said...

masterful, beautiful and buddhaful all at once, thank you Donna and sending wishes for a lovely holiday.. x

zendotstudio said...

this is a beautiful passage by John O'Donohue made all the more beautiful by the delicious vignettes of your home. I am always amazed at how you manage to juxtapose Christmas and Japanese imagery so seamlessly.

Wishing you a peaceful, joyful season with many thanks for all that you offer to us, your blog readers over the year. I always know I can find a peaceful haven here.

amyd said...

what a beautiful post - the words and the pictures - your gift wrapped presents look exquisite. wishing you all the peace and beauty of the season

Valerianna said...

Beautiful, thank you. A lovely moment in a busy time!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Every detail...words, decorations and Buddha...as was said before...masterful. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Seth said...

This is what I call a joyful celebration. Beautiful and inspiring. The happiest of holidays to you.

Anna Mavromatis said...

Donna,
All the best for these days of celebration and for the new year. Your posts are always a source of inspiration; thank you!

ELFI said...

joyeux noël!

Sue said...

These heart warming wishes (or prayers) are so beautiful and full of depth, Donna. I'll print them out, hang them somewhere to be seen every day... And the pictures you've chosen to accompany them are exquisite.
Have a peaceful, relaxing time.

Barry said...

D-thanks.B

Noela Mills said...

A wonderful post full of humble and joyous positive energies. Thanks Donna, and a happy Christmas to you and all your friends and family xoxoxo

Mireillel said...

Thank you for those wise words.

Merry Chrismass and happy new year !

Annie said...

Like a prayer for the new year ahead.......Thank you. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a creative 2012. Ax

Velma said...

thank you. very good wishes and words.
may you have a wondrous holiday.
peace.

letterlady said...

I love seeing how you've blended cultures and beauty in your decorating.

Jo Murray said...

Absolutely gorgeous!... the images and the sentiment. Many thanks. May all the blessings of the Season be yours.

petras kunstblog said...

Hallo Donna,
realy a beautiful post.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas time. And for the new year all the best and many good new ideas and inspiration for Your work.
xx

NuminosityBeads said...

Beautiful sentiments and imagery. Thanks for the serenity of your post. May creativity and abundance fill your new year.
xoxo Kim

cerulean said...

It all fits so well together.Beautiful post.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Everything is so stunning, with touches of red, the presents of nature, your rabbit...those fabulous Santas, but that rocking horse! Love it! Everything you do reflects who you are as an artist.

Merry, merry to you and yours my friend!

karin said...

Thank you dear Donna. As always your words are so wise.
You inspire a lot of people and you do it in such an humble way.
I wish you a lot of happiness, creativity and beautiful things for the new year.

rivergardenstudio said...

I have needed to go back to your words over and over again, (as I often do) . The ones that stand out for me the most are about responding" to the call of your gift." And not to let anxiety linger...
I hope your winter is beautiful, I imagine the dark grays and blues of the sound beckoning your eyes to rest.
Wishing you beautiful holidays, Donna, thank you for all you share.
roxanne

r.bohnenkamp said...

Merry Christmas Donna and happy holidays to you!

Many thanks for all of the inspiration
and wunderful Post!

Cynthia Monica said...

What a beautiful poem, and such lovely pictures to accompany...thanks so much Donna for all your inspiration...it is always such a joy to visit your blog...

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ArtPropelled said...

Donna your house must be an absolute picture! Beautiful, beautiful images! The neutral shades with bursts of red make me very happy. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you everything of the best for 2012.

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Beautiful! Peace & joy to you too & a very healthy & fulfilling new year!

mansuetude said...

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.

among your beautiful images,(adore the gnarled root drift wood) such lovely words. thank you. Happy new year.

iNd!@nA said...

and a blessing to you to, me dear.

Emma said...

I was blown away by your amazing flea market finds & enjoyed my own Boro stitching on Christmas stockings due to mice nibbles ;( !

Wishing those lovely words back to you for 2012

Donna Iona Drozda said...

You offer a respite from the world of 'DO'...ever so appreciated... cradled into your beauty full co-mingling of image and word.

Gaby Bee said...

Beautiful sentiments and photos. Thank you for all your inspiring posts throughout the year, Donna!

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year ~ with lots of creativity, good health and joy!

Hugs,
Gaby

~Babs said...

Beautifully serene photos.

The best of New Years to you!

LauraX said...

Happy New Year dear one! May your life always be filled with blessings!

Deborah said...

Wonderful thoughts and images. Happy New Year to you!

A rambling rose said...

Such a beautiful post Donna - I feel blessed to follow your blog - thank you and Happy New Year

eb said...

every image
each word
a feast
love
your poppy pods
dark chocolate craters
and
the light pale gray stems
gossamer poems
whispering
little rattles
secret seeds
waiting
to begin again
the pine cones
and
your work
so peaceful
so calm

wishing you
the happiest of new beginnings
may every day
be such a banquet...

xox - eb.

lyle baxter said...

how did I miss this? even tho we are into January your photos and words still mean much to me! may your New Year be healthy and j0y-filled!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.