January 1, 2016

EMBRACING (the WONDER of) LIFE.

HAPPY. NEW. YEAR. (!!!)

John Lennon said, this: “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are in fear, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. All hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who EMBRACE LIFE!”

This quote hangs on my Naturopath’s desk.

I like it. A lot.

It embodies much of what I have come to believe, through experience.

After one of the most wonderful New Year’s celebrations I can remember, last night – with friends who are truly amazing, real, fun, life-giving persons – I am ready to EMBRACE LIFE, ANEW. Good thing, for it’s a NEW YEAR!

Welcome, New Year! New Season! Fresh opportunity!

Today I am thinking about LEAVING THE OLD BEHIND, as well as EMBRACING THE NEW.  I’ve given myself some scheduled free time to move into this New Year, un-rushed…. thoughtful. I am pondering how I’ve lived out this past year, and what I want to change. Giving The Spirit space within to remind, reveal and whisper fresh thoughts at the crossing of an important threshold in time.

I’m feeling especially called to LETTING GO of last years left-overs, during the first several days of this year. I know LEAVING WELL matters for BEGINNING WELL. Instead of pressuring myself, and feeling condemnation for not being ‘ready-to-start-all-things-new’ on THE day the calendar turns, I’m allowing myself to begin this year by asking the question: WHAT DO I WANT TO PUT BEHND ME??

For starts, I’m deciding to DREAM SMALLER rather than DREAM BIGGER. Maybe not forever, but for now. This is what I mean: I want to engage in short term immediate goals, over and over, rather than huge over-arching ‘what-I”m-going-to-do-all-year-and-for-the-rest-of-my-life’  kind of goals. I’ve realized those don’t work for me. I’m not that disciplined. I’m more a ‘go-with-the-flow, live-by -the-seat-of-your-pants’ kind of gal – and I usually need to ‘feel it’ to accomplish it. I’d like to learn more about living ‘the un-forced rhythms of grace’ that Eugene Peterson talks about in The Message  (Matthew 11).

SO, these are my first short-term goals:

1) For the first 10 DAYS of 2016 I am going to ‘JUICE.’ Only. It’s called a ‘BODY REBOOT.’ And it makes my body, literally, SING. (I want to do this once every ‘quarter’ of this year.)

2) For the first MONTH of this year – I am going on a SPENDING FAST. I need it, to catch up after the holidays. I’ve found it an excellent way not only to save, but take a break from the decision making involved in buying, that sometimes ties me in knots. Unless it is absolutely necessary – for 1 month – the answer is NO. SIGH (of relief)……:).

I’ve done both of those before. Here is my REALLY brave one…

3) Though I have been known (by those who know me well) to keep my house decorated in ‘Christmas sparkle’ till Valentines Day… (I know…..!)… I am committing  publicly to putting Christmas AWAY during these first 10 DAYS of 2016. It’s TIME FOR THE NEW. I just don’t’ want to drag the old along with me any more…………..! It’s been a glorious holiday season! Treasured memories were made, and live on in my heart. I was as fully present for each event as I knew how….. and I want to be just as fully present to the NEW NOW, every day. I want to EMBRACE LIFE, and LIVE each NEW TODAY as it comes, for all it’s worth…. not re-live yesterday’s left-overs, no matter how glorious, or difficult!

And those are my main ones, folks! Not really very deep, or spiritual, or emotional, which is where I am usually focused. I want to CHANGE IT UP, a little. Embrace the new…… Like I did last night, out to dinner with my amazing friends: I had a plan, right up until the waitress asked me what I wanted – at the last second I pointed to something completely different, un-pre-meditated, and said I’ll take the pheasant. It was…. alright. Not what I would normally love. But I LOVED the fact that I was brave enough to try something DIFFERENT & NEW. It ended the old year… and ushered in the new… in a perfectly prophetic way for ME.

I’m inspired to EMBRACE LIFE, with all of it’s surprising turns, every day, in this NEW YEAR.

Want to come along for the ride??