The chaos of the Christmas holidays is behind us and the New Year is fast approaching. As we transition from 2018 into 2019, it’s time for rest, reflection and renewal.
Rest- I encourage you to spend some time on self care and rest as we shift into the new year. Find the quiet, or create it around you with the intention of discovering the stillness within yourself. It’s in that stillness that we can quiet the mind and begin to listen to the whispering inner voice of the heart. It is in this space where we can connect to our intuition and inspiration. If you struggle with finding your purpose, or feel like your life is spinning out of control around you, it’s in this quiet time that you can begin to connect with your inner knowing, to Source. In this restful time, sit or walk in nature, journal, paint, write. Find the time, even if it means waking up 15 minutes early just to have some time for yourself.
Reflection- What happened in 2018? Who did you become this year? In what ways have you grown? Reflect back on your experiences. Did you achieve your goals? If not, what happened? To me, more importantly than whether you accomplished what you set out to is how you have grown. Did you face your failures with grace and determination or with self hatred and ridicule? Reflection is the best way to start charting your life forward.
Renewal- Who do you want to become in 2019? What characteristics do you want to build upon? What goals will you set to help you accomplish this? The transition from one year to the next is a new beginning- a chance to start new and embrace whatever you envision for yourself. My belief is that we are reborn each day if we choose to be, so even if you set those New Years Resolutions and fail at them in a few weeks, don’t quit and say “well I’ll try again next year”. Each day, each moment, we have the opportunity to make a choice. We can stay in the status quo, perhaps not living the life that we wish we had but we are comfortable in the known. Or we can take a chance, face our fears and embrace the unknown. Take that first step forward into living the life of your dreams. Each day, do something that moves you towards the life you imagine. Experiment, try new things, open yourself to new experiences. You never know where you end up when you follow the breadcrumbs.
When watching a dressage horse working, it’s in the transitions where we can see if the horse is truly on the aids. It’s the transitions that tell the story. If the horse isn’t on the aids, the transitions will be hollow, non responsive or unbalanced.
The same can be said for us as well. How do we handle transitions? When change happens, as it inevitably will, how do we face it? Do we stiffen and resist or do we relax into the shifting experience? The Buddhist philosophy of impermanence teaches that the nature of the Universe and of humanity is in constant change. American Buddhist nun and writer Pema Chodran explains “When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into it’s dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment.”
Change can be uncomfortable but lean into it rather than resist it. Allow yourself to feel what arises within you and then let it go. It’s in allowing this energy to move through you that you can find peace and happiness.
So, in these last few days of 2018, I invite you to rest, reflect and renew yourself and remember that this power is yours all the time, not just at the passage into a new year.
May 2019 bring you abundance and joy!
I invite you to Awaken to the Truth of your Divine nature. You are love, you are loved and you are always enough.