The Way To Begin A New Beginning

“Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” ~Sarah Van Breathnach

This time of year is about beginnings.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve  watched the tree outside my office window go from bare to leaf-laden. The same pair of birds has once again built a nest in the porch light by my front door, as they do every spring.

Flowers are bursting out on trees as though a conductor has lifted a baton to signal a symphony of color.

For those who will celebrate Easter this Sunday, it’s also a reminder of the opportunity we have  to renew ourselves, to start over, to begin again.

Nature doesn’t need that reminder. It knows what it is supposed to do without an alarm clock, an accountability partner, a motivational guide. Nature’s intuition is the only cue required, and the plants and animals do what must be done without angst or delay.

We humans have access to that same intuition, but we have been led astray.

We are pulled and pushed in so many directions and have so many voices shouting at us to do this or that, we can’t easily hear or feel our intuition any longer.

We know what’s best, what’s right, what we need to do. But we’ve gotten lost in the fray. We can’t sustain new habits because we are too distracted to focus on them.

When I was in college and would feel overwhelmed with work, my mom would remind me, “The cream will rise to the top.” She meant that the most important work would make itself  evident, and I would get it done if I focused on it.

We need to let the cream rise to the top in our lives right now. We need to pull away from the harangue and listen deeply.

What is the cream in your life right now?

What does your still, small voice whisper to you about what needs doing?

Are you ready to hear and begin a new beginning?

Every day and every moment we have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves. We can start over and become the person we want to be.

A thousand years ago, people knew intuitively what needed to be done. They had to eat, to have shelter, to procreate and care for children, to protect themselves, to rest.

They could intuitively listen to the Earth, pay attention to the seasons and weather, and live in harmony with  nature.

We have many more distractions, but also we have more opportunities to savor and enjoy life beyond simple survival. When we listen to our intuition, we need to listen for clear direction. “Tell me deepest self, how can I navigate through all of the choices and demands and cut to the essence?”

What do you hear in reply?

If you are about to begin a new beginning, consider these actions as you get started:

  • There are many things you must do in your life. Take a moment and list them. You can’t do them all and have time for anything else. What is the cream?
  • There are many things you wish to do in your life. List them. Ask yourself, “which of these things will serve me best right now?” Listen deeply for the answer.
  • Ask yourself this question, “Where in my life am I spinning my wheels, wasting my time, living opposed to who I want to be?” Ask it many times until you run out of answers.
  • Consider this: if a law were passed requiring you could only do 5 things in a 12 hour day, what would they be? Write them down.
  • How could you restructure your life around those five things? What are you willing to let go of? How are you willing to change?

Nature does few things, but it does them very well. It does them with joy and wild abandon. It doesn’t matter to nature that a tweet has come in, or another tree has prettier leaves, or that the phone is ringing or a text is flashing. Nature knows what it needs to do and does it.

If you structure your life in a way that is simple yet deeply engaging, rather than brimming but scattered, you will easily discover who you are. You will know what to do, and you will feel joy. But you must be selective in your focus.

We can’t do everything.

We can’t be everything.

We can’t know everything.

There is too much in life to choose from. There are too many demands of our own creation. To begin a new beginning, we must listen deeply to our intuitive voice reminding us of what is most important. Then diligently and mindfully, we must turn away from distractions.

There will be other times for other new beginnings. Check in with your intuition often. Ask the questions again and again. You will change, your desires will change, and another day you will want to begin again.

But today, as you begin a new beginning, start by questioning and listening. Trust the direction of your intuition, resolutely turn away from distractions, and joyfully focus on the task at hand.

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24 thoughts on “The Way To Begin A New Beginning”

  1. I am discovering that a new beginning starts with a powerfully stated Intention. In response to my Intention, the Universe is generous with Her gifts. Sometimes, my Intention flows into a new good path. Sometimes, my Intention shines the light of awareness on where I am unconsciously stuck. Perfectionism seems to be under the spotlight for me right now. Perfectionism will stop my Intention in its tracks. So I am learning I can take baby steps and releasing the need to be perfect.

    • Hi MaraRose,
      Yes, intention is a great way to add power to new action. I’m glad you are working on releasing the need to be perfect. That’s an impossible goal and sets us up for loads of frustration and stress. You are perfect right now! 🙂

  2. Part of tuning in to my intuition, I find, is learning to say “no” – without guilt, without explanation. We overload ourselves too often because we feel the need to say yes to every invitation and opportunity that comes our way, don’t you think?

    • Isn’t it funny how we do that Jennifer? We don’t want to disrupt or disappoint someone else to the detriment of our own happiness. When we choose our own path, sometimes people won’t like our choices or will reject us. Those who love us usually get over it.

  3. Great article! I think it’s always important to stop and re-evaluate our lives…our directions…our goals. Sometimes we roll along, thinking we are on our right path, but there is a niggling feeling trying to tell us there’s more…and it may involve moving in a different direction. Listening to that “intuitive voice” is essential.

    • Hi Kathy,
      Yes, you’ve to love that niggling feeling. It’s trying to tell you what you want. I’m so glad you liked the post. Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

  4. Barrie,

    Great points here about listening to your intuition. Our modern world is often do filled with noise and distractions that it is hard to hear the quiet whisper of intuition.

    • Thanks Justin. That’s why it’s so important to step away from the world and listen. We get sucked into the vortex of daily activity and lose ourselves.

  5. I like this very much. It’s kind of the shot gun vs. rifle approach to getting at the heart of the matter. I have learned to trust my intuition and find it’s almost always right.
    Thanks for a great post.

    • I’m glad you like it Barbara. Shot gun vs. rifle approach? Well, I haven’t thought of it that way, but I guess you’re right. Sometimes we have to try a bit of everything. 🙂

  6. Hi Barrie–this is a great post and a wonderful reminder. I know that taking the time to let my intuition guide me to what’s most important right now has been critical in my own growth. It seems to me that where people stumble is in turning away from the distractions, even once they’ve identified them. Whether because they haven’t reached a high enough pain point, or because of limiting beliefs, or because of other fears holding them back–worry about disappointing people they care about, for instance. Jennifer’s comment about being able to say “no” without guilt or explanation is a powerful skill to develop, but I see so few people able to exercise it. I’ve learned, finally, the art of doing it gently but firmly, to protect my time and precious energy for important things, but there are always people who do not understand, and fear of hurting those people can hold you back.

    It can be a tricky balance, sometimes, if connection is one of your values, but the connection others seek is pulling you away from your other priorities.

    • Hi Charity,
      It is a tricky balance. Putting yourself first feels so selfish. But really you are making yourself a more interesting and authentic person. There are times when we must respond out of obligation, but knowing that you have the choice changes the dynamic. When you are strong enough to learn to say no, saying yes sometimes doesn’t feel like such an imposition. Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

  7. I like the photo, too. 🙂
    And, I love the part about which 5 things I would do if I had to choose. I know it’s hypothetical 🙂 but does that include sleeping and eating?

  8. Hi Amy,
    Well I accounted for time sleeping and eating in the other 12 hours! But if sleeping and eating for long stretches is a priority, then pull the time from your 12 hours.

  9. Hi Barrie, first time over at Live Bold and Bloom, and I’m very impressed with what I see. I love the way you express your thoughts and instincts 🙂

    I’ve learned to trust my intuition a lot more over the months, especially since I’ve started my own website. I’m able to make more decisions now based on what my heart guides, rather than trying to figure it out in my head so much. I also don’t worry so much about what others think of my decisions, because it’s my life, not theirs 😉

    Looking forward to returning again Barrie, I’ve bookmarked this site, and tweeted this post. Take care!

    • Hi Stuart,
      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m so glad you like my blog. Good for you — isn’t it great to disengage from the opinions of others? Your intuition is your best friend anyway. 🙂 So thrilled that you have joined us here. Looking forward to seeing you again.

  10. Barrie, I love the questions you put together for us so that we can reflect on what we truly want to begin doing. The urgent so often crowds our the truly important. I’ll be saving this article and doing some meditating and reflecting accordingly 🙂

    • Hi Steve,
      Isn’t it interesting how most of the things we think are urgent really aren’t so urgent? We get ourselves all wound up over things that don’t merit that energy. You are right, meditating and reflecting really help us focus and calm down.

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