New Guide for Setting New Year's Intention (Not Resolution)
Happy New Year!
We did it. We made it through 2 0 2 0.
It was a year of challenge - and of gifts - that we all navigated with as much grace as we could. And now, it's time to welcome the new year with new intention.
I sincerely hope that over the holidays you received rest and reprieve from daily tasks and the usual "grind". For many of us around the world, the holidays had/have us in some kind of "lock" down phase. For me and my husband, this invited us to embrace celebration from a new and creative lens. We spent time in quietude and in nature. Listening intently to our hearts. Inviting resolution and evolution.
We are blessed to currently be on the quiet, beautiful, island of Ocracoke, NC (Nick's home town!) And it has been a true blessing to dwell here these past few months. Being so close to the ocean always offers me expansive energy and therapeutic affects. I always say, "I'm a true fish" (-->Pisces rising!<--) So, it comes as no surprise that residing by the sea feeds my soul. It's where I feel most at home.
Feeling rested and rejuvenated, I find myself ready. Ready to step into the new year.
How are you stepping into 2021?
I know folks often seek change and renewal with the new year; it's a time to turn a new leaf. While a few percentage of Americans actually believe in or set "New Year's Resolutions", I find that many folks identify the new year as a way to "start fresh" and anew.
So, does that mean setting goals? or "Losing 10 pounds"? What does a "resolution" actually look and feel like?
Resolutions are often goals on a micro level, and while those are beautiful...they tend to set us up to feel a less than narrative, feeling defeated, unworthy, and they aren't often a true form of support for us.
For 2021, I invite you to ditch this old concepts and embrace a new idea. Let's look at this year on a MACRO level.
Instead of a writing a New Years resolution...I offer you to welcome in 2 new practices. These will allow you space and support for the evolution of self while keeping you grounded in your values:
#1 SIT WITH YOURSELF FOR SEVERAL MOMENTS AND INVITE A BROAD THEME OR INTENTION FOR WHAT THIS COMING YEAR WILL LOOK LIKE FOR YOU
This could be just one word, or a phrase. As you all know, I am a dedicated journaler, and through my writings and sitting meditation, I found the phrase 'Artfulness of the Heart' for my 2021 intention.
What does this mean? I believe it means welcoming in my innate creativity with more love and joy than last year; To acknowledge my gorgeous being as a piece of evolving art that moves from inward out - from the heart.... and to bring this 'masterpiece' even more deeply into my work.
My intention or theme for 2020 was embodying the word GRACE. Between the unknown of COVID19 and America's political divide, the integration and daily reminder of grace, kept me in a state of presence, gratitude, and clear communication (with self and others).
How can you welcome in a theme that will support you throughout 2021? That will inspire you to move- to inch- to evolve toward yourself, your values, and your dreams?
#2 ONCE YOU FIND YOUR INTENTION/THEME (FROM THE HEART)
HOW CAN YOU WORK WITH THE MIND TO INVITE GOALS THAT ALIGN WITH THIS THEME AND YOUR VALUES? IDENTIFY WHAT GOALS, or change, MEAN THE MOST TO YOU FOR 2021.
Wait, I thought we weren't setting goals? :D
Yes, we are, but in a new framework. After you've examined and felt into your theme, see what the mind brings forth for a realistic goals or change.
For example, with my theme, I set a goal of inviting weekly creative practices...with no pressure for a "constructive" outcome. Yes, I set a goal to PLAY as part of my WORK.
Upon reflection, what change or shift are you ready to embrace? Is it uncovering a new hobby that supports the need for play, laughter, child-like enthusiasm?
Do you find yourself in need of a new job, career, or place?
Perhaps there is a narrative of, "No, I can't make that leap...I'm too old." or "I'll never be successful at that." Stop & Remind yourself, what is your theme? And this will pull you towards the WHY.
When we invite change from an organic place, it brings our soul and person pleasure. Something within says, 'YES'. When we allow ourselves to support our deepest desires and what makes our soul sing, we allow ourselves to bloom. It's from this place that we can fuel the world, and ourselves, with our innate gifts.
How can you shift from a negative narrative into embracing a more authentic you?
How can you offer yourself support for the needs and desires you have for this year?
I'm offering an 'Embodied Journaling' workshop January 31st where we will utilize movement and breath to ground in before we dive into creative practices and journal prompts to break old narratives. To create space for the new, for ourselves.
If you're wanting to set intention for your future self or come closer to your being, and do some from loving and supportive space, this could be a brilliant workshop for you.
You can find more details HERE.
Until Next time....
"A Love like that Lights up the whole sky"