Imagine…you’re standing at the threshold of a new year. You catch glimpses of what lies ahead – work, play, gatherings with family and friends, possibilities and new adventures that open your heart and hands to the invitation beckoning you forward…
Before you move ahead, it’s important to review the past year and honour it as you would a sacred text – because it IS sacred – it’s your life story!
And remember, that no matter how much you plan, life may take you on unexpected detours and things won’t always turn out like you asked (the 2020 virus sure showed us how quickly things can change). Like many, you may have experienced grief, hardships and deep disappointments throughout the year – none of us are immune to those. But the moments of love, beauty, courage and resilience are to be treasured – they too remain part of your journey.
Take a moment to ponder these questions:
What stands out from the year before?
What feels undone?
What still pulls on your soul?
Now – in this liminal space – is where honest reflection occurs, where dreams are resurrected, new ideas and possibilities allowed to emerge, and opportunities explored. Now is the time for letting go of the old stories that don’t serve you anymore. It’s time – time for planning and planting a new vision for the coming year.
Aren’t they the same thing, you ask? Go ahead, say each word out loud. Notice how they feel on your tongue, in your body. Can you sense the difference?
Resolutions come from a place of needing to fix something – like a heavy burden that will inevitably be dropped – followed by self-criticism and loathing about having failed yet again. It’s a lousy way to start the new year.
On the other hand, intention feels softer: it allows for self-compassion and acceptance of where you are now in your life. It implies trust and a deep knowing that you have the ability to access an inner guidance and wisdom that will lead you to where you want to be.
Abandon Resolutions – Embrace Intentions!
INTENTIONALLY choosing images and words that represent things you want to change or bring into your life aligns your attention and intention, and are more likely to come true.
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