Practicing Equilibrium

Release, 12"x16" acrylic on canvas

Release, 12"x16" acrylic on canvas

This week in Conspire class we centered around John O’Donohue’s Poem The Equilibrium, from his book, To Bless the Space Between Us. I offered the questions at the bottom for us to consider and reflect together at the end our meeting. We meet on Sundays from 11:05a to 12:00p in room J-203 in the Jones Education Building on the campus of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Our circle is open and ongoing.

The Equilibrium

Like the joy of the sea coming to the shore,
May the release of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what you said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough,
To hear in the depths the laughter of God.


Which lines stand out to you the most?

Does this piece or certain lines bring up a hope for peace around a certain situation or a pattern in your life?

Can you imagine being able to bring peace and balance to something that you worry about or wish to heal?

Pick one pair of lines to focus on and read them over and over as you long for a lightness, fluidity, release with reverence, respect, or maybe even light hearted laughter. 

Resist the urge to know how to resolve an issue. Stay with the intent of the blessing without needing to know how to fix the situation.