Welcome, traveler! Enter and take your rest...

A chaikhana is a teahouse along the legendary Silk Road pilgrimage and trading route linking China to the Middle East and Europe. It is a place of rest along the journey, a place to shake off the dust of the road, to sip tea, and to gather together to sing songs of the Divine...



On Waking

by John O'Donohue

 

I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes
To see the world,
The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life,
The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.

-- from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O'Donohue


/ Image by itulu26 /

View All Poems by John O'Donohue


I thought of this poem for Thanksgiving week.

This is a good time to remember how profound a simple thing like being thankful can be. The more we cultivate the habit of gratitude the more we find new channels opening up within the awareness. Sometimes, when life is filled with challenges or crises, it can be difficult to think of what we're thankful for. But there is always something. There are always lots of things, actually, things and people and experiences, that fill us with life and joy and new awareness.

When we really get good at the spiritual practice of gratitude everything becomes fuel to feed the fires of love and awareness. I remember a line from a poem, I think by Ramprasad, that says, "Even a curse is a blessing." When we have cultivated a truly courageous practice of thankfulness, even difficult and traumatic experiences can be unlocked to reveal hidden treasures. It all ultimately awakens us.

But, more to the point, gratitude dispels the dark trances we slip into and reminds us of the simple joys and beauties we've lost sight of. Thankfulness brings us back to the life of the present moment and the fulfillment we find there.


This poem for today...

I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn


A poem of gratitude for a new day, a world of new life to be experienced.

For the gift of eyes
To see the world


Or thankfulness for vision and presence in the world.

The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life.


Or appreciation for self and self-awareness.

The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn


Open-hearted anticipation of how each day magically unfolds possibility into reality.

The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger


And how the past offers itself up to feed the soul that seeks fullness by continuously reclaiming itself.

And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.


For all these reasons, for the advancing stories of our lives, rise each dawn with a smile, with strength, and with thanks!

Have a beautiful day today! And if you celebrate Thanksgiving, may it be one of bounty, love, friends and family... and the gratitude that allows us to see our lives clearly.



Share Your Thoughts on today's poem or my commentary...
(Or visit the poem's blog page to click the FB 'Like' button.)
Poetry Chaikhana