Juan Mascaro ends the introduction to his translation of “The Bhagavad Gita” with words that are enshrined in my heart: “Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.”
As one reads Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named the United States Poet Laureate, sing (in her poem “Praise the Rain”) “Praise beginnings….” , one hears her whisper between words that every moment is another opportunity to begin anew.
The Irish poet-philosopher, John O’Donohue, writes in “Benedictus: A Book Of Blessings” that “our very life depends directly on continuous acts of beginning.”
“There is nothing to fear in the act of beginning”, John joyfully goes on, because “the art of harvesting the secret riches of our lives is best achieved when we place profound trust in the act of beginning.”
In “In Search of Wisdom”, a solid-gold conversation between a psychiatrist, philosopher, and monk, we read Alexandre Jollien observe that “every moment of life can become the occasion for liberation….”