from John O’Donohue

Though you have lost the outside world,

May you discover the untold journey,

That awaits you in the  inner world.

May you come to recognize,

That though your body is imprisoned,

No one can imprison your mind.

May all the time you have on your hands,

Bring you into new friendship with your mind,

So that you learn to understand and integrate,

The darkness that brought you here.

Within this limited space,

May you learn to harness,

The stretch of time.

May your compassion awaken,

May you learn to recover the self,

You were before you lost your way

And draw from its depths,

Some balm to heal your wounds.