Friday, November 18, 2011

...called to walk in beauty...

"To behold beauty dignifies your life;
it heals you and calls you out
beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation
to experience new horizons.
To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged."

~John O'Donohue

"There is a light in beauty
which no frontier can limit or contain;
it has a distinctive dignity.
Like consciousness,
beauty shines with a light
from beyond itself."

~John O'Donohue

"The earth is full of thresholds where
beauty awaits the wonder of our gaze."

~John O'Donohue

"In Greek the word for 'the beautiful' is to kalon.  It is related to the world kalein which includes the notion of 'call'.  When we experience beauty, we feel called.  The Beautiful stirs passion and urgency in us and calls us forth from aloneness into the warmth and wonder of an eternal embrace.  It unites us again with the neglected and forgotten grandeur of life."

~John O'Donohue

All the quotations in this post by John O'Donohue are from his book Beauty: The Invisible Embrace.


  1. what a smashing liberating post- both quotes and your gob-smacked photos!

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  2. This is a beautiful series Bonnie!
    Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend.

  3. A wonderful post, Bonnie, and it comes serendipitously as I have been re-reading O'Donahue's book on Beauty for the past couple of nights. What beautiful insights he had, matched only by his unparalleled ability to express those insights.

  4. nice...thanks for sharing a bit of it with use through your pictures...these are lovely...have a great weekend bonnie!

  5. This morning, I had planned a walk in the woods. I think it will be much richer, more spectacular with you and John O'Donohue on my shoulder, reminding me to see the glory and wonder that is right here in front of me; reminding me that it's for me.

    Thank you, Bonnie! Happy Weekend to you!

  6. Perfect pairings of beautiful autumn images and fine quotes. A post after my own heart.

  7. HI BONNIE - oh my, this is all so breath-taking. Your stunning photos and amazing quotes thrilled me this morning. "thank you"

    Love Gail

    p.s. did u check out my husbands you tube video on my last post?

  8. Hello Bonnie

    I am Brazilian André photographed.
    Very beautiful pictures, the poetry profound and very moving.
    In good taste, creativity and harmony!
    Already I am following your blog.
    When you can see my blog and comment please, and always looking for the best.

    Thank you for your attention.
    Hugs friend

    André Tavares.


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