This inspiring poem from Danna Faulds sets the scene for saying goodbye and transitioning to the unknown. It feels just right to me at this time of year. No goals, intentions or resolutions, but a commitment to let go of what has been and embrace the New Year ahead with an open heart and mind. What a ride! Thank you for joining me.

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Setting Forth

Something will be born from

this goodbye. In the pain of

setting forth, something will

die. With the release of the

old comes a moment when

nothing is firmly held, and

the unknown burns the

bridges of the past.

When the smoke clears, my

eyes seek out the new horizon.

Nothing is known here, but

the air is sweet and breathing

deeply I see long dormant

seeds send up their shoots

from the fertile ground of

change. As leaves unfurl

to meet the sun, the circle

is complete. I will not

forget a single step of this

sacred journey, nor will I

let comfort lock me in its

Warm embrace.

I do not know what fruit these

seeds will bear, but I have

faith that what is taking

root today will surprise me

with its vigor. In birth and

death, the inbreath and the

final exhalation, there is

pain and the movement into

truth. I take the step that I

am called to even if I do not

know the final destination.

Danna Faulds. Taken from β€œGo In and In. Poems from the Heart of Yogaβ€œ

As you read these words, perhaps there is an other goodbye taking place in your life right now. Take time for yourself and tend to your courageous and loving heart.


23 comments on “Setting Forth

  1. here’s to venturing into the unknown!

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  2. This is especially appropriate given the energies we are living in right now. Thank you, Val. πŸ™πŸ’•

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  3. Feels resonant certainly, this beautiful poem you shared!

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  4. Letting more of me go dear lady, those teachers in life understood, to be ready for those to come ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

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  5. πŸ™πŸ½ ❀

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  6. Reminds me of a favorite quote:

    β€œA good traveler has no set plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

    Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

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  7. Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem. I am not making any resolutions either but watching the goodbyes (and the hellos) as they come and go…

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  8. Val,
    Thank you for the poem. Goodbyes can be so difficult and yet they highlight love in a different way that makes me more present to its preciousness.

    I do not know what fruit these

    seeds will bear, but I have

    faith in what is taking root today.

    Sending you a hug,

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