A Path of Plenitude

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What are your thoughts on this past year? How has it changed you? What blessings were given? What new possibilities took hold? It has certainly been a path of plenitude, one presenting full of changes, and also posing many restrictions.

Next week we move into the final month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar and begin looking deeper into what 2022 might be like and what we hope for.

A New Timeline to Explore

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Of course, many are in survival mode just trying to make it to and through the holidays in one piece. Regardless, a new year is approaching and you have choice in how you would like to meet it. What quality of presence will you greet the new year in? Perhaps it will be an entry-point into a new beginning. I find this poem by John O’Donohue sums it up nicely:

For 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 home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

~From to Bless the Space Between Us

Someone Watching Over You

bear star constellationI love the line in the poem where John O’Donohue writes, “This beginning has been quietly forming, waiting until you were ready to emerge” as it brings to mind a loving, kind and patient embrace that greets you as you go to meet it.

The new beginning appears to personify a parent or guardian who watches their child grow and evolve with each new experience. One who also notices how these experiences shape you and help you develop your courage.

With fresh eyes on a new perspective, dreaming a new dream, a new pathway opens up and maybe this is the one aligned with your life’s desire. All it asks is that you awaken your spirit to adventure and allow soul to lead. It makes me wonder, what else is possible?

4 Steps to Turn Your Dream Life into Real Life

What would a true path of plenitude look like if it represented your dream life? What would it take to make that “real life”? For one, it would take looking at your beliefs. What beliefs do you hold about what may or may not be possible?

Secondly, you would start paying more attention to what you tell yourself, less to what others tell you, and trust more in what your intuition is telling you.

Third, you would allow yourself to dream, and dream big. Some may even opt to make a vision board, list goals, or set intentions.

Fourth, it would take action. Not trying to get all your ducks lined up or in attempt to control everything, rather to act when inspiration hits and harness that energy to move on ways that are life supportive for you.

This leads to learning to trust yourself and make decisions you know are intuitively right for you. That is risky, a risk you would have to be willing to take. However as John O’Donohue said in the poem, “Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk; Soon you will home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses the world that awaits you.” I hereby second that notion.

john o'donohue quote to take a risk

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