In the far north, where these pictures are taken, there is an actual stillness in spring—the wild winter winds have dwindled.
It is matched with inner stillness, the spaciousness of extensive daylight after long nights and, as the land warms and dries, invitations to go and explore.
For me, John O’Donohue evokes this too:
In your heart may there be a sanctuary
For the stillness where clarity is born.
May your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.
May your soul find the graciousness
To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.
May your power never become a shell
Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
May you welcome your own vulnerability
As the ground where healing and truth join.
May integrity of soul be your first ideal,
The source that will guide and bless your work.
From For one who holds power in To bless the space between Us by John O’Donohue.
Photos and videos by Festina Lentívaldi, (be) Benevolution. Reuse: Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 US.