Oct 21 2011

John O’Donohue – For a New Beginning

Published by at 9:25 am under Poetry

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.

— from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O’Donohue


/ Photo by Shermeee /

Isn’t this poem a wonderful blessing of hope and new pathways?

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Sending love, courage, and new rhythms…

John O'Donohue, John O'Donohue poetry, Christian poetry John O’Donohue

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John O’Donohue is an inspiring Irish philosopher, poet, mystic who passed away unexpectedly in early 2008.

John O’Donohe had degrees in philosophy and literature. His writings, though grounded in academic philosophy and theology, are immediate, personal, very human. He was as much a mystic and a poet as a contributor to philosophical dialog.

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.

More poetry by John O’Donohue

20 responses so far

20 Responses to “John O’Donohue – For a New Beginning”

  1. Yewtreeon 21 Oct 2011 at 10:36 am

    Thank you so much for posting this poem today, Ivan – it describes my current situation exactly, and gives me hope.

  2. melindaon 21 Oct 2011 at 11:43 am

    thank you for another inspiring and timely poem by john o’donohue. in the past few months i have lost my business, my livelyhood, my husband to divorce and my mother who just past. my life is an empty vessel ready to be filled and this poem will begin to fill my life and heart going forward.
    blessings to you, melinda

  3. amyon 21 Oct 2011 at 1:40 pm

    i love this poem! john o’donohue is new to me.
    thanks so much for sharing your light and love of words.
    amy

  4. Franon 21 Oct 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you for the lovely poem It is so very timely In my life . I have recently moved.
    And find myself Challenge with unexpected decisions. I was thinking a lot today about The subjects of the poem. So a really nice affirmation to read it this evening thank you

  5. Mickon 21 Oct 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for this poem it is beautiful! I have never read any of John O’Donohue’s poetry and am thoroughly impressed. The instincts and feelings he describes are, I think, present in all of us and just waiting for release.
    Thanks again Ivan!

  6. Reetikaon 22 Oct 2011 at 12:05 am

    Absolutely Beautiful…. describes my current situation perfectly.Seems like it was written for me right here right now!Thanks for sharing…

  7. Joanon 22 Oct 2011 at 1:16 am

    Ivan,
    It’s magical what you do with the poems.. how you pick them. I feel like I was met by an angel.. and light.. and a little wave of joy inside, that rose to my face.. and if someone saw me, they’d wonder why I smiled at nothing.
    thank you. You’re a blessing.
    Joan

  8. Gabrielle Serretteon 22 Oct 2011 at 2:12 am

    Thank you Ivan for posting this poem.
    It is very relevant to my situation.
    I get it!!
    Gabrielle

  9. Lisaon 22 Oct 2011 at 5:07 am

    Thank YOU! It is as my heart has been read.

  10. Lesleyon 22 Oct 2011 at 7:00 am

    Thank you for this, Ivan. Exactly what I needed today. Synchronicity is a wonderful thing!

  11. ed earlyon 22 Oct 2011 at 8:35 am

    Ivan,this poem is beautiful! You offer not only words but music and visuals,that is completeness!

  12. Alice Whooleyon 22 Oct 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I have been a fan of John O Donoghue for a long time now. He always speaks to the heart…
    He gives me courage.

  13. nasihaon 23 Oct 2011 at 7:41 am

    beautiful…thank you dear Ivan.

  14. Subhan Alion 24 Oct 2011 at 4:09 am

    R/Ivan,
    Your valuable coomentary is still missing to make out the deep meanings of the poetry you put forth for us. Like me are you too facing crunch of time………..Subhan Ali

  15. Lakshmion 30 Oct 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Beautiful poem:)

  16. Artemison 27 Jul 2014 at 8:13 am

    Almost three years since the last comment. I came across it by total accident when taken by beloved relatives to a Unitarian service. I had no idea what to expect – then this poem was read. Just spoke straight to my heart. Powerful and thought provoking. Blessings to all. A

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  20. Chrison 15 Aug 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Whoa, never thought of beginnings in that way. Makes we wonder if there is anything else I’m not thinking about in the right way.

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