I kept hearing from everyone “Is it the end of the year already?” How did time fly by so fast? I’m of two minds on that. The faster time goes the longer I have been cancer free but at the same time I don’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy each and every day.
In September my husband and I took 10 days and went to stay with friends in Scotland. I’m not sure what it is about that country that makes me slow down. Maybe it is the uncertainty of the sunshine that makes you appreciate even the briefest of bright blue sky. Maybe it is the history that reminds us of things gone by and things that endure.
This past year was one of upheaval, change, crazy and more crazy. Everyone I know was hit by some sort of life change or unbelievable chaos. We lost so many people both personally and those who have been in our lives because of the art they created. It was so sad on so many levels and has left a hole in our collective hearts. We will mourn each of them in our own way.
And lets not even talk about the election that had us all shaking our heads in disbelief. So with all that, we can say, “is it the new year already?” Yes it is really here and time does march on. My personal hope is that we have learned from all of this and have made the changes that we need to support us going forward.
I don’t make new year’s resolutions but I do try to think about what I want my life to look like at this time next year. The person in my head scoffs, “well how has that worked out so far?”. Well not that well lately but what it does is give me an opportunity to practice self awareness and presence on a day to day basis. I can work on my skills of personal observation, I can work to make the words I speak impeccable. I can challenge myself both physically and mentally. I can turn to my healers and let them do their work the best they know how. And most importantly I can share what I know with my students.
When the voices in your head start asking you “is it the new year already?” what will you say? How will you answer the questions? One of the things you can do is work on a meditation practice. Take 5 mins and close your eyes, take a deep breath and let it out slowly. If things still feel crazy take another one, continue this until you feel a bit more peaceful. In that quiet then ask yourself, “what is it I need to know?” Listen for the answer. Don’t worry about what it means or if you have to do anything about it. Just listen and trust that your inner wisdom will have something you need.
Life is nothing if not unpredictable and you can choose to learn from it or let it run you over. I choose to learn from it and get something out of it. Two phrases I chant when I don’t know what else to do are: 1) from my teacher Don Stapleton, “isn’t that interesting?” and 2) from Lucy Maude Montgomery in Anne of Greene Gables, “Today is brand new with no mistakes in it.” They will get you through just about anything. Give them a try I dare you! See if you too can come to a state of personal awareness and enjoy making the most out of 2017.