A Morning Offering


One of my yoga teachers, dunja lingwood, begins each class with words of wisdom in poetry and prose. On her blog site, "peace is healthy" she shares "A Morning Offering" by Irish poet John O'Donohue. My favorite line," I place on the altar of dawn: the quiet loyalty of breath", is such a perfect beginning for Yoga at the Image Reborn Retreat in Solitude this Saturday.

A Morning Offering

I bless the night that nourished my heart To set the ghosts of longing free

Into the flow and figure of dream That went to harvest from the dark Bread for the hunger no one sees.

All that is eternal in me Welcome the wonder of this day, The field of brightness it creates Offering time for each thing To arise and illuminate.

I place on the altar of dawn: The quiet loyalty of breath, The tent of thought where I shelter, Wave of desire I am shore to And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love, To postpone my dream no longer But do at last what I came here for And waste my heart on fear no more.

~ John O’Donohue ~

(From To Bless the Space Between Us)