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How to Inject an Irish Blessing by Sean M Kelly

by inspire on May 25, 2012

Photo by Markuso www.FreeDigitalPhotos.netSometimes much of what happens to us in life makes no sense at all. We think we’re doing everything right then all of a sudden a spanner is thrown into the works! The truth is that none of us can control everything in our lives, much that we’d like to of course.

Even if we are the greatest visualiser ever and the greatest positive thinker ever, the truth is we simply do not and cannot control everything. The simple fact is that we’re all part of a much greater intelligence than our individual selves and that of course is the universal infinite intelligence (that is God). We are invited to allow this infinite intelligence to use us for the greater good of all, not just ourselves. And sometimes it’s very hard, maybe impossible to understand it, it works in mysterious ways!

The great news is that the universe is always working with us, communicating with us, striving with us for our greater good – the evolution of our soul.

In moments when we “choose” or “have to” be still we can become aware of its gentle presence. And in that moment we experience something very beautiful, almost like an infinite moment in time – a piece of heaven on earth. Such was the case for me yesterday while getting a blood test in hospital – I “had to” be still!

I sat down on a big comfortable chair, like a dentists chair really. After I rolled up my left slieve, the nurse in front of me tapped my arm looking for a vein to put the syringe into. “Ah here’s a good one”, she said when she found one. I didn’t feel like looking at the needle going into my arm so I decided to look the other way.

And what I saw hung on the wall in front of me – a poem written by the late Irish poet and philospher John’Donohue (1956-2008) simply entitled “A Blessing”. And what a blessing it was too, beautiful! As I read it I didn’t even notice the needle going in! I was injected with the blessing instead! Here it is for you to enjoy:

A Blessing by John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

May the light of your soul guide you
May the light of your soul bless the work you do
with the secret love and warmth of your heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light
and renewal to those who work with you
and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of
refreshment, inspiration and excitement.

May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.

May dawn find you awake and alert,
approaching your new day
with dreams, possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed,
sheltered and protected

May your soul calm, console and renew you.

John O’Donohue

In these times of perceived challenges and changes in our individual and collective lives remember that on the surface the waves rise and fall on a never ending emotional roller coaster but underneath this surface turmoil, on the ocean floor there is great stillness and inner peace to enjoy. Remember to take time to go there often, take a few slow deep breaths and you can go there now.

In the midst of whatever challenges and changes you face in your life, may you realise great peace, deep calm and many many moments of inner joy many times a day! And just like John O’Donohue did in his life, remember to share it!

Be Inspired!
Sean M Kelly

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Roibeard McElroy May 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Perhaps Sean it was kind of serendipity to see John Donoghue’s poem – it certainly was a blessing and a timely one for you, at that! And maith thu and go raibh maith agat for this post! And I will take in the message into the depths.

Jane May 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm


Thank you for sharing this poem, I shall be putting a copy on the wall by my desk to inspire colleagues and the students we work with.

inspire May 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Cheers Roibeard thanks for your comment. When I found the above poem on the internet I also came across this great quote from John O’Donohue – “When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do” – excellent! Go raibh maith agat freisin Roibeard. Sean

inspire May 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Hi Jane,

That’s great to know that such words of wisdom are spreading to many people – may it inspire your colleagues and students greatly!

Ailish May 27, 2012 at 7:24 am

Hi Sean,

absolutely lovely, just reading it brings me peace.


Norma May 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

It brought tears to my eyes – thank you


Nannette May 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Thank you for sharing that Sean. Beautiful and and a blessing indeed!

inspire May 28, 2012 at 4:43 am

Thanks Ailish, may peace prevail!

inspire May 28, 2012 at 4:44 am

Hi Norma,

Thanks for your comment and I hope it brought some joyful tears your way. Carpe Diem, Sean

inspire May 28, 2012 at 4:45 am

Hi Nannette, lovely to hear from you and may you be forever blessed and I hope your wonderful artistic work is bringing blessings to many people.

Best wishes

lorrane conway May 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thanks Sean for sharing that beautiful poem so true especially in these times hope all well with you
Best wishes

Sean M Kelly May 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi Lorrane, Lovely to hear from you and I hope all is well. How are your dreams manifesting since the Dare to Dream course? I trust you’re nourishing and growing them.

Thanks for your comment.

Very best wishes

Jack June 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Throughout my life I have seen many changes. I have also been part of the change. My life has revolved around many different challanges that I have had to work through. Some have been very stressful, but learning to trust in God and knowing that He will never lead you to things that you cannot do, but will guide you to the things that are already written. In Australia I have had many challanges, as I have had in the UK, and each time, I have become stronger. I am on my last journey and know that when I have achieved this I will be able to rest. May God bless you all and keep you safe whilst you to are on your journey.
Blessings. Love, Peace & Light. Jack

inspire June 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

Great to hear from you Jack and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m sure you’ve a lot more wisdom that would help and inspire a lot of people. Thanks again. Sean

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