It’smy heart-felt wishthat each and everyone one of us finds a way to meet the highs and the challenges of 2017 withopen hearts and solid integrity.
Not a good time for New Year resolutions
This newsletter is aboutgentle new beginnings. In my opinion this is not a good time of year to make big New Year resolutions. This is a deeplyyin time of the yearand it’s better for us to deliberatelyembrace that energyand look more within. When we look deeply within, when weallow that space, we enter the “void” from whichall creativity is born.
Ideas take shapefrom the spaceand thennew energy arisesso we canfollow through with action. That is the Wood energy. Wood energy isspring time energy.
So although the light is changing, and there ishope for the rising energyof spring, we arenot there yet. I think people often get depressed in January because we mistake the energy of the New Year for the spring time energy of Wood. Then our resolutions fall apart, because we’re not coming from the right place.We need to be in the space first.
If this makes sense, and youdecide to embrace space– because who doesn’t love the idea of being in touch with our creativity –be gentle. Sometimes wepush too hard. We tell ourselves we will do yoga for an hour every morning when we usually only manage the occasional class. Turns out this is usually a bad plan! We end up feeling frustrated and thinking we are “not getting anywhere”.
Qualityis more important thanquantity. Maybe “just” being in nature and hearing the birds sing for several minutes each day is exactly the kind of space we need.
"Sitting for five minutes mindfully is better than being determined to sit for an hour".
Sacred Lotusopens our heartsto the ultimate reality. Yet it does so at a safe pace. It makes sure we do things from ourheart rather than our head.
Sacred Lotus. Open your heart to the divine.
Bringing in somegentle fire energy at this time of year is a good thing andSacred Lotusis abeautiful heart essence.
So if people feel drawn to make a resolution for the New Year, perhaps it could be a softer gentler one. Maybe we couldallow more space for ourselvesso that the way forward for the coming yearunfolds like a flowerwith grace and integrity.Solid goalsare better set inlate Februaryas we approach the Wood time of year.