I shared this poem in our Facebook LIVE this week and as I read it I realized just how powerful it is. Let’s read the poem and then I’ll give you some questions for inquiry. Remember, words must be contemplated in order to be activated within you. Most have lost the ability to contemplate. I trust you are committed to rekindling the art. “Contemplation is the highest form of action.” Aristotle
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 plentitude 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.
Inquiry Questions– from the End-of-Year Reflection Guide
1) What are your most potent Desires for 2024? Remember, we are speaking of Heart’s Desires, so take time to listen to your heart. Examples: Write a book; meet your soul mate; deepen your spiritual practice; create greater prosperity; start a business; stand in your power more firmly; let go of everything that holds you back, slow down. Once you write your desires, write WHY you want this. The why is key.
2) What beliefs about yourself (self-concepts) are simply not true and limit your self-expression and power? List them out and commit to transforming them. Examples: “I’m not worthy of love;” “I’m not smart enough;” “I’m too old”; “No one cares about me”; “I’ll never be happy”, “I need more training before I can ______”. Be honest! No one will see this but you. (Or your mentor if you have one and want to share.)
This past week I had an End-of-Year Mentoring Session that was so potent!
New beginnings must be listened into existence!
These are available until Jan. 31. CLICK HERE to grab one! (Scroll to the bottom of your Guide to find the registration info.)