For a New Beginning

     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 your 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.

The 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.


    by David Whyte



if you move carefully

through the forest



like the ones

in the old stories


who could cross

a shimmering bed of dry leaves

without a sound,


you come

to a place 

whose only task


is to trouble you

with tiny

but frightening requests


conceived out of nowhere

but in this place

beginning to lead everywhere.


Requests to stop what

your are doing right now,



to stop what you a

are becoming

while you do it,



that can make

or unmake

a life,



that have patiently

waited for you,



that have no right 

to go away.