For a New Beginning

The last couple of months I have renewed my personal yoga practice, attending at least one class a week, mainly at Harmony Wellness Yoga Centre, down the hill from my house here in Duncan. My absolute favourite has been the Yin/Yang class that Nadia teaches on Thursday morning, particularly because it pushes me in ways I find exhilarating as well as being restorative and calming. A quick back-track: in my mid-twenties I used to attend a weekly 1.5 hour Iyengar class, and an occasional hour long Moksha class, and since then I've mostly done Hatha. I LOVED my prenatal yoga class and my mom & baby yoga class too, of course. So I love a bit of the feeling of athleticism in a yoga class, and I find this Yin/Yang class pretty inspiring and the perfect length at 1.5 hours (1 hour classes leave me wanting just a little bit more).

A few weeks ago, at one of the Yin/Yang classes, my teacher read a poem by John O'Donohue during our closing meditation. It deeply resonated with me, to the point where I went home and ordered my own copy from Amazon with that sense of "I NEED this!" John O'Donohue's book To Bless the Space Between Us is a collection that has a poem for so many life events, and you can bet I'm going to share other poems of his in future blog posts. For today though, while I'm enjoying my post-yoga calmness and the smell of cooking rice wafts from the kitchen into the rest of our house, I am going to share the poem that fed my soul in that specific class.

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 quietly been 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 grey 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.

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