Today’s “Go to It!” is inspired by recent life-changing events in my personal life. After my two-and-a-half year relationship ended rather abruptly, a colleague suggested I pick up John O’Donohue’s An Abundance of Blessings; 52 Meditations to Illuminate Your Life. I found great comfort in one meditation in particular, Meditation on Beginnings:
Beginnings often frighten us because they seem like lonely voyages into the unknown. Yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated. We seem to think that beginning is setting out from a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown. This is not the case. Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced. A beginning is ultimately an invitation to open toward the gifts and growth that are stored up for us. To refuse to begin can be an act of great self-neglect.
When the heart is ready for a fresh beginning, unforeseen things can emerge. And in a sense, this is exactly what a beginning does. It is an opening for surprises. Surrounding the intention and the act of beginning, there are always exciting possibilities. Beginnings are new horizons that want to be seen; they are not regressions or repetitions. Somehow they win clearance and become fiercely free of the grip of the past. What is the new horizon in you that wants to be seen?”
This meditation inspired me to think about the end of my relationship as a fresh beginning. After meditating on beginnings, I decided to search for an apartment in a neighborhood I did not know, instead of returning to the neighborhood where I lived before I moved in with my boyfriend. I now spend my quiet times thinking about this exciting next phase of my life, the opportunity to explore and the possibility of surprise, instead of my loss. I am a healthier and happier person for realizing that this is a beginning and I should not be frightened by it.
So, I encourage you to Go to It! and accept ‘the invitation to open toward the gifts and growth’ stored in you.