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Aside from a call or two, I set aside most of my Fridays to catching up with myself. This morning started in the early hours with a reflection on the week followed by Yoga Nidra. I then really felt called to slow down even further in the company of John O’Donohue and Krista Tippett in this wonderful conversation on the Inner Landscape of Beauty.

The conversation wanders, as conversations do and particularly in Ireland, onto beautifully fertile ground for exploration. One particular quote really resonated this morning:

“Possibility is the secret heart of time. On its outer surface, time is vulnerable to transience. … In its deeper heart, time is transfiguration.”

For me this is about imagining time not as a bully but rather as a doorway to possibility. There is a time for busyness and to-do lists and there is time for slowness and for standing on the threshold and truly awakening to what possibility might be in front of us.

So, what possibility or opportunity might be waiting for you if you gave yourself the time to embrace it?

This poem from David Whyte entitled The Opening of Eyes speaks to this ongoing internal opening of eyes:

That day I saw beneath dark clouds,

the passing light over the water

and I heard the voice of the world speak out,

I knew then, as I had before,

life is no passing memory of what has been

nor the remaining pages in a great book

waiting to be read.

It is the opening of eyes long closed.

It is the vision of far off things

seen for the silence they hold.

It is the heart after years

of secret conversing,

speaking out loud in the clear air.

It is Moses in the desert

fallen to his knees before the lit bush.

It is the man throwing away his shoes

as if to enter heaven

and finding himself astonished,

opened at last,

fallen in love with solid ground.

Time as a doorway to possibility