John O’Donohue was an inspiring Irish philosopher, poet, and mystic who passed away unexpectedly in early 2008. Much of his writing and poetry drew deeply from Irish Celtic perspectives, both in Christian and pre-Christian wisdom, while speaking to a widely diverse, modern audience.
The following poem, from his book ‘To Bless the Spaces Between Us’ captures the essence of what it means to follow and live from your heart.
If you’ve been going through great inner turmoil lately and feel like it’s time for a new beginning, this poem will undoubtedly speak directly to your heart.
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.
May this poem re-kindle your courage and guide you into that new beginning your heart so eagerly yearns for!
From my heart to yours,
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