- Sunday January 1: Pondering at Thresholds
- As you read these passages, words to accompany you as the year turns, you are invited to conclude your reflections with this blessing extract from John O’Donohue’s New Year Blessing, Beanneacht:
“And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.”
- The practice of discernment is useful for threshold times and the sense of new beginnings beckoning. If you feel called into a time of discernment, you may be interested in this 40-day discernment praxis booklet, found in our store in both digital PDF here and hardcopy here.
You may wish to re-read the full reflection here: https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/word-of-the-week-jan1
Sunday January 1: Pondering at Thresholds
As I begin a new year, I find myself drawing away from the concept of “goals to be attained” and deeper into the question “What threshold do I cross?” Goals assume I have total control in their completion – which I do not. The invitation to step over a new threshold holds the same energy, yet I alone can choose to stand, equilibrate or step as Spirit leads. The discernment praxis booklet comes highly recommended. John O’Donohue’s blessing will grace my creative space. <3 linda
“As I begin a new year, I find myself drawing away from the concept of “goals to be attained” and deeper into the question “What threshold do I cross?” This is probably the same problem as you. There comes a time when the goals are unachievable I have no choice but to continue with it. Because it can be my hobby and passion.
“Put your ear close to your soul and listen hard”. I found these words on a little piece of paper. I had written them quite awhile ago. I can’t remember where I found them, but they seem to be a good description of discernment. I ask myself what voices do I listen to-? Can I be still and silent long enough to hear my soul? And, am I patient enough to remain on a threshold for as long as it takes to fully absorb the wisdom I need before crossing the threshold?
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