We stand on the edge of a new season, in some ways we have yet to experience it, in others we are already wading in. From the shore, it can be difficult to see the currents, the depths, where this will flow towards. Close your eyes, Get comfortable, find yourself at the edge of this new beginning. Open your awareness to God being present with you, however God arrives – Christ, Spirit, Mother, Jesus, Father. Turn over this beginning, take some time to look at what is to come. The knowns, the unknowns. What do you notice about this new reality? How does it feel to be where you are now?
It is hard to know at the onset of a new season how things will truly be. We can have an idea of what is to come, both the things that excite us and others which we dread. We know sometimes what we dread can suprise us with life, and other times what evokes excitement can be uncomfortably burdensome. As you anticipate the new beginning, do you feel dread or heaviness? What happens when you linger there?
Sometimes new beginnings are chances to take a look at the things we’re holding onto. Ignatius calls them “disordered attachments”, things we’re attached to that are not helpful to growing closer to God and our True Self. Maybe it is even something that has given life previously but now becomes a burden. Is there anything that you are being invited to let go of?
Often too, a new beginning can bring with it expectations of what is to come. Be present to those expectations, let them clear the way for your hopes. They are made of similar stuff, it’s just the headwaters of hope are in your belly – they rise from your body, from your feelings, from your heart. At this new beginning, is there something you hope for? Is there a silver thread tugging your heart forward?
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
– St. Therèse of Lisieux and St. Theresa of Avila