With the next revolution around the sun, we have the opportunity to slow down and tune into the turning of the seasonal tides and energetic qualities of yet another transition; A new Year!
It’s a good time to take inventory of the past year. Reflections on what went right in your life and what are some things that could have been better, marking your accomplishments and also the places where your shadows showed up significantly. What are the lessons you can take away from these events? How did you participate mostly? Did you come from your heart or did your mind dominate in situations? What are some of the things you are most grateful for? When we carve out time in stillness to scan the past year, we can then go ahead and set intentions for transformation in the Year to come. We have the ability to rebuild our lives according to the way we want to feel. With reflection comes a deep understanding and it makes it more likely that we will honor and integrate as we move forward.
Setting intentions is different than goal setting. Intentions come from the heart and soul – they are rooted in the values that are most important to you. An intention is connected to your life’s purpose, and is a specific way of expressing it at a given time in your life. Setting intentions directs the mind and gives us purpose. When we lose sight of our purpose, a void is created and we can easily stray off our path. Focusing on your heart and what’s important to you creates clarity and self-discovery devoting you to finding your dharma.
Goals are an explicit manifestation of those intentions. And objectives take that one step further, giving us tangible ways to measure if we are meeting our goals.
Let’s say that my intention is to be in vibrant good health, because that’s how I am best able to contribute to the world — and making a contribution is one of my core values. One of the goals I could set for that intention would be to exercise more consistently. The objective then might be: go to the gym three mornings a week and do a cardio workout for at least 30 minutes.
Exercise on Reflection Questions and Intention Setting:
What am I celebrating? What am I grateful for? What has been wonderful and magical about this past year?
What is one aspect about myself that I have especially loved this year? What am I proud of?
What would I have done differently this year?
What do I want to let go of?
What do I want to call in for the new year?
You will notice that each aspect/question can be very rich in itself. Take your time. It’s best to give the practice plenty of room to breathe and evolve. This can be done by sitting by a fire, sing, or with art, or music, writing in your journal, whatever works for you… You might want to reflect by yourself and then share it with a close group… Use sage or incense; or you can light a candle or a fire for your New Year’s ceremony.
I like to engage my friend’s and family with these introspective questions weeks before the New Year. Over our past vacation I overheard my daughter and her girlfriend playing a game where they went through the year by month stating their high’s and low’s of each month. I love how this opened up thoughtful conversation exploring on some of their pivotal moments of the year.
This past year has been a spectacular one for me with many lessons I can take away. Witnessing the expansion of The Joyful Approach.Thriving and connecting with lightworkers, holistic enthusiasts and beautiful beings universally has been a magnificent manifestation.
I completed 67 hours of training in Breathwork with David Elliot and Erin Telford in which I am able to share in the gift of healing as a practitioner in my own healing space in Chelsea. (the manifestation of how that space came about still makes me giddy).
My first Joyful Approach retreat in Tulum Mexico with yoga and astrology was one of my greatest highlights and the community that was bred from it continues to transcend into a beautiful growing connection. I did some of my own deep hard and transformative work letting go of old wounds. I am so grateful to my guides, teachers, mentors,and light workers for all the guidance and holding space for me on my journey. The journey was certainly no picnic, but I as I look back I am really humbled and also proud of myself for embarking on it so courageously. I am reaping the reward in the freedom I have never felt before. And I continue to be in my process reflecting and letting go.. My first Burning Man experience broke me through barriers I never thought would be possible for me and I have so many take away’s that continue to trickle in with the unexplainable magic that Burning Man provides. Working with clients and groups,coaching The Joyful Approach , breathwork and cultivated sacred circles for sharing awakens my spirit and stretches my vitality to experience a most nourished life . And finally,with the moments where my family come together sharing in love,joy and laughter is where I can truly embody the feeling of abundance.
Tons of gratitude and love fills me. Thank you all for being a part of the Joyful Approach community. You are all magnificent stardust sharing in the collective to impact positive change in our world.. I wish you all a most beautiful New Year! Have fun manifesting!
With love, let the light come in..