In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O’Donohue
My Dear Sister,
A new opening and rhythm do indeed await you. And it is at one with your unique life desires. And this can be your year to receive it.
To assist you I have a New Year inquiry and additional resource to support you.
Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve my husband, daughter and I each created a list of what we wanted to leave behind in 2015. We placed them in a bowl, headed outside and set them on fire. All glad to release elements from a very challenging year.
If you haven’t done so yet, I encourage you to create your own list.
What are you ready to leave behind?
Once you’ve got your list find a way to release it – burn it, shred it, color or paint over it or bury it. Offer it up to the Cosmic compost to nourish your seeds of new growth.
Next spend some quiet time opening to what will guide you in 2016.
What heart’s desire, intention, or commitment can you make the standard for your choices this year?
Personally, I have committed to practicing self-love and listening to my body.
If you don’t feel clear – chew on it for a few days. Breathe deeply into your heart space and listen intently.
What is it craving? What does it value? What do you need more of?
When you get the answer – find a way to mark it. Ie. Write it down on a slip of paper and post on the bathroom mirror, or create a drawing or piece of art to symbolize your new intention.
When you take these two steps you will be on your way to your new more satisfying rhythm and life.
Lastly, I have a beautiful video for you from Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast. I encourage you to watch it when you have a quiet moment and drink it in. It never ceases to open my heart and show me how I can begin anew with each day.
As we complete our first week in the New Year I send prayers for your bright beginnings.
Love to you,