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Eternal Echoes Quotes

One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Consumerism is the worship of the god of quantity; advertising is its liturgy. Advertising is schooling in false longing.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

To be human is to belong. Belonging is a circle that embraces everything; if we reject it, we damage our nature. The word ‘belonging’ holds together the two fundamental aspects of life: Being and Longing, the longing of our Being and the being of our Longing.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
A Blessing, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Our hunger to belong is the longing to find a bridge across the distance from isolation to intimacy.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

When we belong, we have an outside mooring to prevent us from falling into ourselves.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

This hunger to belong is the echo and reverberation of your invisible and eternal heritage. You are from somewhere else, where you were known, embraced, and sheltered. This is also the secret root from which all longing grows. Something in you knows, perhaps remembers, that eternal belonging liberates longing into its surest and most potent creativity.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

The hunger to belong is not merely a desire to be attached to something. It is rather sensing that great transformation and discovery become possible when belonging is sheltered and true.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

All our longing is but an eternal echo of the Divine Longing which has created us and sustains us here. Sheltered within the embrace of that Great Belonging we can dare to let our longing lead us towards the mountain of transfiguration.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

No one else can confer dignity on you; it is something that comes from within. You cannot fake it or acquire it as you would an accent. You can only receive the gift of dignity from your own heart. When you learn to embrace your self with a sense of appreciation and affection, you begin to glimpse the goodness and light that is in you, and gradually you will realize that you are worthy of respect from yourself. When you recognize your limits, but still embrace your life with affection and graciousness, the sense of inner dignity begins to grow. You become freer and less dependent on the affirmations of outer voices and less troubled by the negativity of others. Now you know that no one has the right to tarnish the image that you have of yourself….Even in compromising and demeaning situations, you can still hold your sense of dignity. At such times your sense of dignity will keep a space of tranquility about you. In the Third World, one is often struck by the immense dignity of the poor. Even hunger and oppression cannot rob them of this grace of spirit. If you do not give it away, no event, situation, or person can take your dignity away from you. The different styles of presence reveal how we belong to ourselves.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

The sacred duty of being an individual is to gradually learn how to live so as to awaken the eternal within oneself.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Your longing desires to take you towards the absolute realization of all the possibilities that sleep in the clay of your heart; it knows your eternal potential, and it will not rest until it is awakened. Your longing is the divine longing in human form.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

There is always danger in the stranger. Because we sense this, it usually takes a while before we open to let the stranger in. Strangers circle each other for a good while before familiarity begins to build. Each one of us enters the world as a total stranger. No one had ever seen you before. You came without a name and yet you entered fully into the belonging of your life.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

True belonging is gracious receptivity. This is the appropriate art of belonging in friendship: friends do not belong to each other, but rather with each other. This with reaches to the very depths of their twinned souls.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

When you open your heart to discovery, you will be called to step outside the comfort barriers within which you have fortified your life. You will be called to risk old views and thoughts and to step off the circle of routine and image. This will often bring turbulence. The pendulum will fix at times on one extreme, and you will be out of balance. But your soul loves the danger of growth. In its own wise trust, your soul will always return you to a place of real and vital equilibrium.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Each of us brings something alive in the world that no one else can. There is a profound necessity at the heart of individuality. When your life awakens and you begin to sense the destiny that brought you here, you endeavour to live a life that is generous and worthy of the blessing and invitation that is always calling you.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue

Guided by longing, belonging is the wisdom of rhythm. When we are in rhythm with our own nature, things flow and balance naturally. Every fragment does not have to be relocated, reordered; things cohere and fit according to their deeper impulse and instinct. Our modern hunger to belong is particularly intense. An increasing majority of people feel no belonging. We have fallen out of rhythm with life. The art of belonging is the recovery of the wisdom of rhythm.
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong, John O’Donohue