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|January 2021 Newsletter |
It is a yearly tradition for many to review the past year, and plan ahead for the upcoming year by creating a vision board or by journaling about goals, visions, plans, thoughts for the New Year. The idea behind these practices is that we start off the new year with purpose, focus and goals.
But what we mostly forget is that it is the PROCESS, not the GOAL, that is ultimately important, for by pursuing our goals and trying first this, then that, we learn and we grow. We learn what works and what doesn’t. What serves us and what is a waste of our time and efforts. We learn what builds us up and what tears us down. We learn where our strengths and skills lie. We learn what we love to do, and what fulfills us. And we learn how to change direction, change our focus, reallocate our time towards things that really serve us.
In determining which path to take, which goals to set, it is wise to keep in mind where your skills and passions lie. A life lived doing something you are good at but does not include your passion, is not fulfilling. Andre Agassi, one of the world’s most successful tennis players, did not really like to play tennis. He did it, to please his father, but at a certain point in his life he left tennis to do what he really wanted to do: a life of service. He and his Foundation established and run a college preparatory school for at risk students, a far cry from a life playing tennis. But he is now fulfilling his mission in life and happier for it.
So this year when you are creating the year ahead in your mind, remember to follow your passion/mission in life, allow for mistakes, for slip ups, for making a few steps back before moving forward again and give yourself permission to alter your course if you find you are on the wrong path. Generally speaking the pathway to our goals is not straight and easy. It can curve back in on itself sometimes, or even become so filled with weeds we can’t see our way. When that happens, take time to breathe and refocus. Remember the old adage “it’s not a sprint but a marathon”. Give yourself time for reflection and even relaxation in pursuit of your goals for the year. Be gentle with yourself as well as a wise taskmaster. Try not to loose your enthusiasm or even the vision of what you see today as your goal for the year ahead. Don’t be afraid to readjust your goal as time moves forward so be flexible. And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Trite but true!
Let’s change our future for the new year and make this one the best year ever! The Gift of a New Year
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“Life is short. Don’t waste it by living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs
Start the New Year off with support in a bottle! Once you have set your goals, look to color to give you a powerful, gentle, loving way to support yourself. If you have questions about which will help you most, contact me at Lifepnet@aol.com
“You have a treasure inside of you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”
As I write this month’s newsletter, I find I am in the middle of a miracle. We have all experienced miracle in our lives whether or not we have recognized and/or acknowledged it. Perhaps it is the birth of a child, for others it’s passing a class when we know in our hearts it is a gift that we did pass, for others it might be getting to a loved one’s side just before they transition giving us time to say good bye. For me, today, it is the miracle of accepting, truly accepting, my earthly body just as it is, which is the missing piece for me with the idea of self-love. Self-love, in the midst of this month of love, is finally becoming a reality.
What has shifted? This is not an overnight wonder believe me. I’ve spent at least 65 years searching for a form of self-acceptance, especially acceptance of the body I have been gifted with. My body is sturdy (a nice way of describing a short, stocky physique!), strong, healthy and has taken me all over the globe. It has given us three amazing children, allowed me to enjoy great cuisine, laugh, swim, play with grandchildren, talk and share with friends. It is this wonderful, amazing body that has allowed me to experience this life with you, and that has carried me many a mile along the path of life.
I have just taken an amazing course with Pippa Merivale (www.metatronic-life.com) who works with the energies of Metatron. In this course, Physical Vitality, I became keenly aware of the miracle of the body. Each system is so precise, so wonderfully perfect in its functioning. Yes, we each have our physical challenges. Maybe our ears don’t hear well enough, or our eyes don’t see well, and for some of us we have great challenges such as auto-immune diseases, mental challenges, and other debilitating issues.
But the body, as it is designed to be when all is working as it should, is brilliant in its design and function. Wow. Think of it. Think of all the things our bodies do for us: our hearts beat without our thinking of it. Our livers and kidneys, pancreas and reproductive systems, nervous and digestive systems, endocrine system and brain, …all go about their business 24/7 without a vacation, a break, or a rest.
In the class I took with Pippa, (Physical Vitality) she examined our body’s systems and created a meditation of sorts that explained how complex and miraculous each system is. I particularly loved her description of the digestive system when she explained that light is absorbed by our foods and then we eat the foods, effectively ingesting the light! Imagine, then, the light flowing from our foods into our cells and blood, into our organs, the brain, and throughout the entire physical container that we are. Isn’t that just a miracle? We eat light and it then spreads throughout us. It takes my breath away to imagine that.
This Valentine’s Day I will be celebrating a new love: my body. I have ignored it, abused it, hated it, yelled at it, despaired of it, cried over it, said hateful things to it and hidden from it. And it has been nothing but loyal to me. It has served me for 70 years. It has never asked anything more than that I consider treating it as well as I can.
So now when I exercise and when I eat consciously, both of which I have been doing for a long, long time, I will do them with more love, more awareness, more prayerful thought. I will tune into my body more, honor it more, and listen to its needs. My head will not be separate anymore from the rest of me. I will be incorporated into one, into one amazing miracle.
How about you? Are you loving your self, your body, you as much as you can? This is what I wish for you on this day of love: that you look in the mirror and say truthfully, “I love you.”
“The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside of yourself, everything that you want you already are.” Rumi
“It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.” Voltaire
“I think the most important thing in life is self-love, because if you don’t have respect for everything about your own body, your own soul, your own capsule, then how can you have an authentic relationship with anyone else?” Shailene Woodley