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A New Year…New Beginnings

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As the New Year begins I reflect upon the opportunity for new beginnings.  But in order for new opportunities to become available, old patterns need to be purified and released.  This purification increases the energy that the old patterns, old hurts, anger, fear, disappointments, sadness had taken away.  And as we free ourselves of the old, new possibilities arise…a new freedom comes to life.

So if an old “something” comes knocking, welcome it.  Allow it to show itself.  Infuse it with awareness and gentleness.  Love it…love it to death.  The irony is that as you love it, and hold it with tenderness, it dissolves and releases.

One of my favourite poems by Rumi says this beautifully.  It is called The Guest House.  I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to reach for “new beginnings”.

“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”


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