If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know that I am absolutely smitten with the late writer and teacher John O’Donohue. Maybe it’s because he hails from Connemara which is one of my favorite places on Earth. Anyway, this is a beautiful piece about how our experiences are filtered through the mind and thoughts, which is one of the lessons of Mercury retrograde. 

When Mercury is retrograde, the world slows down a bit so that we can regroup and revisit thoughts which may have plagued us in the past, and reframe the way we view our life. 


The world is not simply there. Everything and everyone we see, we view through the lenses of our thoughts. Your mind is where your thoughts arise and form. It is not simply with your eyes but with your mind that you see the world. So much depends on your mind: How you see yourself, who you think you are, how you see others, what you think the meaning of life is, how you see death, belief, God, darkness. Beauty is all determined by the style of mind you have.

Your mind is your greatest treasure. We become so taken up with the world, with having and doing more and more, we come to ignore who we are and forget what we see the world with. The most powerful way to change your life is to change your mind.

When you beautify your mind, you beautify your world. You learn to see differently. In what seemed like dead situations, secret possibilities and invitations begin to open before you. In old suffering that held you long paralyzed, you find new keys. When your mind awakens, your life comes alive and the creative adventure of your soul takes off. Passion and compassion become your new companions.

Excerpt from the unpublished collection of John O’Donohue. The title and description John wrote in late 2007 for a public event in 2008.

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