Ireland: The Pure Green.

Via Jill Barth
on Mar 15, 2012
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Where else, but Ireland?

Walking paths saturated with meditative, natural blessings.

Solid, old, worn stones fresh with morning dew.

Treasured places where green isn’t a color or a concept, but an essence.

Love and wisdom. History and meaning.


{All quotes from divine Irish writer, 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.”

“Wisdom is the art of being courageous and generous with the unknown.”

“It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world.”

“There is an unseen life that dreams us; it knows our true direction and destiny. We can trust ourselves more than we realize, and we need have no fear of change.”


A Blessing

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

Photos by Jill Barth


Editor: Kate Bartolotta


About Jill Barth

Jill Barth, elephant journal green team leader, lives in Illinois with her husband and kids. She reminds you to breathe. Jill's writing can be found on her blog, Small Things Honored.


11 Responses to “Ireland: The Pure Green.”

  1. Jenny Finn says:

    Dear Jill, I love this. Thank you. John O'Donohue, the Celtic tradition and my Irish heritage are very dear to me. And I just loved your poetry and photos here. When my father died (at age 56!) he was so proud of being Irish. When we were filling out his death certificate, the funeral home asked if he was anything other than Irish and my aunt said, "A little Scottish." And we all said, "The only thing that can appear on that death certificate is Irish, or he would roll over in his grave!" Thanks for bringing a little bit of my Dad to me today. Peace to you and yours.

  2. ValCarruthers says:

    Your beautiful essay reminds me that other places have a touch of Irish essence, including right here in my part of Florida, where the winters are both brown and verdant, and where there are many paths inviting a walking meditation. Many St. Patrick's Day blessings to you!

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  3. Branáin says:

    Great photos. They actually remind me of Oregon. So lush and green.

  4. Jill Barth says:

    Thanks for sharing Jenny. Glad you found a moment of pause and love. Enjoy the day!

  5. Jill Barth says:

    Thanks Val — Florida has it's share of green, wild spaces. Glad you liked the photos!

  6. Jill Barth says:

    Oh yeah, a photo essay of Oregon would be lovely. What a place. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Eric says:

    Thank you–love, LOVE John O'Donohue!!! Slainte M'hath πŸ™‚

  8. Jill Barth says:

    Sláinte! Glad you enjoyed it.

  9. corona says:

    Love it, thank you for sharing!

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