Once again we approach another year. 2019. Some see New Years Resolutions as a list of things you hope to accomplish; however many goals on the list are the same ones you had last year. So now what? Should you bother?
Do do do. What do we wish to do or accomplish? What is really important? Another “To Do List” is not what you need when you already have a list of tasks that you never seem to get around to. Each day ends by simply writing several of the things that were to be accomplished today onto the new list for tomorrow. It is a busy world.
Is it possible to approach this traditionally significant date in a more effective manner? Over the years I have been using the term intentions instead of resolutions. I think of an intention as something that resides deeper in my heart. Sometimes I am not even fully aware of my intentions. But my intentions do govern my actions. Look at that picture of the tree again. The intention of the tree overcame the challenges of the location for its growth. It is a strong tree.
When it is the right time, sit quietly and let your meaningful intentions for being come to the surface. What do I mean? What is important right now in your life at this time? Really important. For example do you want more peace of mind, or more authentic connections to the people you love most. Perhaps you want to have a way to deal with the news you really wish was not happening. How do you really want to be as you move forward in this new year? Let this come from your true authentic self.
This is entirely different from what you want to do. First you want to know how you want to be in relation to the life ahead of you. Just let it come to you. Ask for guidance. It could relate to your relationship or your family or your work or your community or your spirituality or your health and aging or ……
I suggest you read the two previous blog articles I wrote: Looking Ahead, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Scroll down on the Blog articles page to see previous articles.
Notice how there tends to be a somewhat spiritual element to what is meaningful to you. It feels like you are connecting to life purpose. Be still. Let it become more and more conscious for you. This will take some time. Breathe deep. Let it unfold. Journal about it. There is not a dead line. January 1st can come and go and it doesn’t matter. Take time to have a real sense of what is your intention and how you want to be. Being will be the foundation for what you will do to live it out fully.
As you become aware of your deeper intentions, then start to develop the means. What do you need to do to be able to be how you want to be?
What an inspiring feeling it is to be more and more in touch with who you are! Let your inner bright light shine!
A side note: living life meaningfully has been important for me for many years. My doctoral dissertation was a qualitative study on how people make changes in their lives related to what is meaningful to them. I have continued that personal study through reading, writing articles, creating newsletters, working with Lance Secretan, and of course studying, sharing and teaching Reiki. From when I began to teach nursing until forever, it has been part of what I bring to my work and my life. I would be honoured to read anything you would like to share with me regarding your personal story of finding meaning. Send it to me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year