Blessing For a New Beginning by John O’Donohue

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My current transition has taken the form of leaving my long winter’s resting place in Chicago and returning to my Portland home of the past seven+ years. Only instead of returning to my old life, I’ve become the light-footed, pickup-truck-driving woman I used to see in the mirror in my twenties. I’m her, but so much more settled into who I truly am now. And damn, that feels good!

Anyhoo, as I bounce back and forth between working at a hot springs retreat center deep in the Oregon woods and reconnecting with my Portland people, I’m finding it hard to keep up with this blog, so my mindful advice column will be on hold until I’m more settled into my rhythms. In the meantime, here’s a poem from John O’Donohue that speaks so perfectly to this week’s mindfulness practice about the internal strengths that support us through transition. Enjoy!

For a New Beginning

IMG_5507In 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,
IMG_5533Your 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

8 thoughts on “Blessing For a New Beginning by John O’Donohue

  1. Since it is January 1, 2015 & I need this is my life right not, it I couldn’t have read this at a better time.


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