A New Beginning

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 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

To Bless the Space Between Us

This is one of my favourite poems from John O’Donohue and expresses perfectly the way I have been living and now , as I am facing yet another move in my life, I am just so happy.

Who would not like to wake up each morning to uninterrupted views across the beautiful Derwent River from the inlet to the ocean right around to snow-capped Mt. Wellington. Just magnificent.

View from my new Unit.

May you allow beauty to hold you in its embrace today…

In Greek the word for the beautiful is to kalon. It is related to the word Kalein which includes the notion of ‘call’.

 When we experience beauty, we feel called. The beautiful stirs passion and urgency in us and calls us forth from aloneness into the warmth and wonder of an eternal embrace. It unites us again with the neglected and forgotten grandeur of life. 

The call of beauty is not a call into the dark or the unknown; in some instinctive way we know that beauty is no stranger. We respond with joy to the call of beauty it can awaken under the layers of the heart a forgotten brightness… Beauty does not linger, it only visits. 

Yet beauty’s visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm, it calls us to feel, think, and act beautifully in the world: to create and live a life that awakens the beautiful.”

John O’Donahue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace