At this time of year we often feel prompted to review the past in an effort to consider a direction for the future. Some call it “making resolutions”. I prefer to use words like direction and intention because it moves me to a place within where I consider how I want to be over the next year. I think a resolution is often filled with “shoulds” — something that comes from without in an effort to please or impress others … or the mirror image of myself. Over the last ten or more years I have given a lot of attention to intentions in workshops, retreats and personal coaching.
Personally there are some very serious things to consider as I examine the direction for 2017.
- Unless you are uniquely blessed with a strange genetic aberration, you are likely getting older. Me too. As we all get older, I find that health becomes a bigger factor in one’s life. I hear people say things like “I want to be able to enjoy and play with my grandchildren” or “I want to have quality of life as I age.” Health seems to be high on the list of directions for the coming year.
- At the same time, we realize our mortality and this is another factor that kicks in sometime after age 50. It nudges one to notice the decreasing number of years left and the importance of leaving a legacy. Depending on how close retirement is, a person begins to think about ‘what next?’. Some people talk about freedom after retirement. “Freedom to do what?” I have been retired for several years but still look at what is next, how do I want to be in the year ahead?
- The last year has challenged us with some surprise and very concerning situations worldwide. Syria, Brexit, US elections, climate change, the death of several musicians and performers, family conflicts, financial worries, poverty, the murder of so many aboriginal women, and more. Our world is in need of positive influences from someone somewhere … from people living ordinary lives just caring and giving attention to what is needed. Sometimes we need courage to speak up for what we stand for. One person cannot do everything but when each of us considers one or two things we can do and ways we can be in a loving, courageous and caring way in situations in our lives, we become part of the movement to make the world a better place. So how can we be different in the year ahead in an effort to help move us all to a better world?
Setting your intentions is much like making affirmations. While some like to think of them as goals, I like to give them more power by wording them more like affirmations.
Begin each intention with “I am…”. Here are a few examples:
Yes I want to be healthy so I might say “I am making healthy choices in eating and exercising” Or “I am healthy and vibrant”
What do I want to leave behind for others? “I am practicing Reiki on myself and others every week.” ” I am continuing to heal myself in order to be better able to help heal others.” ” I am seeking out more learning opportunities for Reiki.”
“I am inwardly strong and courageously speaking my truth honestly and lovingly.”
Your intentions may be very different from mine. Some people are looking for peace of mind, a sense of fulfillment, love. The list goes on.
Reiki can play a role throughout the process. Ask for guidance in determining your intentions. Write your intentions on a paper and send Reiki to the intention. Read you intention every day and send Reiki energy to your intention asking for assistance in bringing it to fruition. Express gratitude knowing that what you ask for is for the highest good of all concerned. Then trust, and let go of the outcomes.
Want to share some of your intentions with me? I would be happy to read them and send you a response if you wish. I am sure they will be heartfelt and honest. I wish you well.
I can also see you for individual coaching with Reiki sessions to help you move forward with your intentions and help you get unstuck. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be interested in working more on these concepts in an Intentions with Reiki workshop I am creating. Please email me if this interests you. email@example.com
Happy New Year,
I wish everyone everywhere a year ahead filled with love, peace and much joy.
Till next time,