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 be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O’Donohue
From: To Bless the Space Between Us
We can always begin again. Each breath we take is an opportunity to start over. Each day we wake up to a fresh new start.
Inherent in John O’Donohue’s poem is that each beginning involves a willingness to let go of a part of ourselves that is not longer working for us. It takes courage to let go of the known. As the saying goes, better the devil you know than you don’t. No matter how painful it can be safer to deal with the familiar and known rather than risk unknown territory.
One of my favourite ways to deal with the fear of stepping into unknown territory, to gather courage and to step into new beginnings is through the Hindu God Ganesh. The reason I love the myth and symbolism of Ganesh, is that really it teaches us what we all have inside ourselves and the archetypal stories are a way to help us understand ourselves better. Ganesh is known as the remover of obstacles and Lord of new beginnings. As the remover of obstacles Ganesh can clear the way for us to move forward. Ironically, Ganesh is also known to place obstacles on our path that will teach us how to move forward as well.
Gaensh has 180 degree vision, both into the past and the future. He encourages us to stop and look at where we have come from and where we want to go. Ganesh has small eyes and big ears, encouraging us to turn our attention inwards and listen. When we listen deeply to our hearts longing, we will know the way forward to our new beginning.
Ganesh has a huge belly, this is not only for filling with sweets, it is said that Ganesh holds the whole universe in his belly and that is why it is so big and round 🙂 From this we can learn that we have the wisdom of the entire universe within us as well. As we are making choices about what step to take on the new beginning, we already have everything we need within us.
Finally, Ganesh is known to give courage. It takes courage to step into the unknown and begin again. Ganesh can give us the courage to do so.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
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