To kick off this week, I wanted to share a poem with you all that my yoga instructor recently recited during class. Maybe it was just exhaustion, but hearing this poem made my throat feel like it was falling down into my stomach.
With so much chaos around us and within us, it was the perfect time for me to discover this poem. Read this however you want, for an inward change you’ve been meaning to make or as the beginnings of a larger societal revolution that absolutely must take place.
This is “For a New Beginning” by the late John O’Donohue.
For a New Beginning
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 grow 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 grey 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 clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is 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.
Awaken your spirit to adventure, friends. Step into the day with courage and conviction and move confidently into the direction you know that you must go.