Focusing in Ireland

Poem choosen by Marie McGuigan

Welcome to our fifth poetry offering. This poem was chosen by Marie McGuigan. Watch the video below to hear Marie recite the poem and offer some guidance along with it. "For Beauty" a poem/blessing from John O'Donohue, Author, Celtic Mystic, Poet and Philosopher.


For Beauty

As stillness in stone to silence is wed,
May solitude foster your truth in word

As a river flows in ideal sequence,
May your soul reveal where time is presence.

As the moon absolves the dark of distance,
May your style of thought bridge the difference.

As the breath of light awakens colour,
May the dawn anoint your eyes with wonder.

As spring rain softens the earth with surprise,
May your winter places be kissed by light.

As the ocean dreams to the joy of dance,
May the grace of change bring you elegance.

As clay anchors a tree in light and wind,
May your outer life grow from peace within.

As twilight pervades the belief of night,
May beauty sleep lightly within your heart.

Focusing Reflection

I noticed a felt sense emerging like something settling with space inside.

An image came of myself standing with my feet together swaying with the wind. On sitting with the image and felt sense the image changed as I moved my feet slightly apart and the words that came were "balance and rootedness" I am aware these images resonate with aspects of my life that are familiar and this focusing experience opens up for me that embodied contact with it all.

I hope you enjoy this offering and your own focusing time with the poem/blessing. You are most welcome to come along to our Bi-monthly poetry gatherings (8th December at 7.30-9pm) or/and to submit a poem of your choice using the same format as presented on the IFN website. For further information you can contact Elaine or myself at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am grateful to Ann Cahill Director of John O'Donahues literary estate for granting the IFN permission to use this lovely poem on the website.

Marie Mc Guigan

Audio Recording

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