For A New Beginning
by John O’Donohue
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 home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Just take a few moments to reflect on this poem. Where does it sit with you? We are always beginning and ending things, life being a very cyclic thing. So where are you at with your new beginning? Is it still in the sub conscious, outside of your thinking but perhaps just in the peripheries of your sensing? Is it gradually unfolding, finding it’s form? Or has it taken shape and is now moving with you, teaching you, enriching you?
Where ever you are at with your new beginning, take a moment now to breathe in compassion for yourself in managing this next chapter of your life. Wish yourself well - may you not only manage but thrive, making the most of it, opening your eyes and your heart to all the opportunities in every new situation you find yourself in, now matter how challenging. It is this love and compassion that will make a success of every new beginning.
Let's dedicate this evening’s Voice Yoga practise to new beginnings, using our voices to connect us to our abundant inner love and compassion so that we can nourish ourselves and those around us. Let the sound of the shruti guide us deep within. Place your hands on your chest and connect to the sound on a low hum, feeling your own vibration as you do so.