To embrace, to encircle and then to offer. How do we transform? What is the process? It is not simply jumping to the next best thing but instead embracing and honoring exactly where you are and then moving forward from acceptance or at least acknowledgement. To truly move forward we have to get out of our own way. We have to untie the knots, or grunthas. What is holding you back? What are you afraid of? What can you do to support yourself?
This time of year can be filled with expectation, endings and new beginnings. We are being called to reflect. To acknowledge our pain, our joy, our fear, our trauma and our desire. To respect our experience for what it is and not criticize it for what we hoped it would be (this will just create more obstacles and another way to block our dreams).
We are sitting in the threshold of this new beginning in these first days of the new year. How do we navigate this moment? Ideally you are already on the path to living your life authentically and from the heart that way we don’t have to feel like resolutions are being shoved down your throat and choking on them.
It is not easy to change our habits. It takes willingness, perseverance and dedication. Things that seem to magically happen usually happen because there has been lot of unseen work, laying of a foundation and constant imprinting. We have to do the work. Wherever we are now is the launching point. What do you want? And what are you willing to do for it? It really comes down to these simple questions which are not simple at all. Are you willing to touch your pain in order to move forward? We are collectively being called on to reflect on and survey our inner landscape. What do you see/feel/sense? Our actions have consequences. The habits or rituals we create in our lives have impact and create an imprint. They map our experience. Are you taking the actions that create the consequences you desire?
Now let’s be clear, I am not saying that just because you do everything “right” that you will get exactly what you want. We all know that life is constantly throwing us curve balls. The reality is that we never really know what we are going to get and sometimes what we think we want, isn’t what we thought or sometimes it comes in unexpected ways or in ways we never even considered. Life is full of surprises but moment-by-moment, breath-by-breath we move forward and in each of those moments we have the opportunity to place ourselves, our attention and our focus in a way that can support us or pull us back or keep us stuck. We won’t always make the choice that serves us best but the more we practice this, the more mindful and aware we become that our choices matter. Life is not just happening to you. You have free will. You have a say. Take time to reflect, rejuvenate and listen deeply to your own heart. Give yourself the privilege of your time and attention. You can transform from this place of connection.