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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 Welcomes 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, Waves 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 shells of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed.

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

by John O'Donohue

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