Ahh...the New Year! I love this time of year. It is filled with such promise of new beginnings. To start 2016, consider a meditation of reflection, letting go and setting new intentions.
Reflection: Just as we don’t stand still to watch a flower’s petals open, we don’t always notice our own blooming. As I reflect over the past year, I am awed by my own personal growth. Teaching and guiding meditation, I have allowed myself to open. My heart has expanded. I have trusted. I have shared. I have allowed myself to be vulnerable and raw. And while sometimes I feel that I’m not moving fast enough... perhaps I’m moving at the perfect pace for my own growth. The perfect pace for myself AND my students. As I reflect, I understand I need to trust. I need to trust that the Universe is working through me to fulfill my desires to manifest something bigger than myself. Reflect on your own life. What has blossomed? What areas in your life do you need to trust more?
Letting Go: What in your life does not serve you? Those daily habits that do not nourish your body, mind or soul? What old thought patterns do you need to let go of? What emotions bring darkness? Emotions of shame or regret? Resentment, anger… even rage? Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine breathing in all love, beauty and new beginnings. As you breathe out, imagine releasing all that does not serve you. Exhaling all the old habits, thoughts, ideas or stories you tell yourself (most of these stories probably not even true). Exhale all this darkness and imagine the earth absorbing it. Imagine the earth absorbing it to its core. Release.
Setting New Intentions: What are your dreams? What are your desires? What do you like to create? To share? Now imagine your life as if these dreams, desires and creations have already manifested. What does this feel like? Engage your senses...what does this world look like? What do you hear? What do you smell? Taste? Now send gratitude to each of these intentions...again as if they have already manifested. Gratitude grows your intentions. Practice this every day.
"For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."
— T.S. Eliot
I wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope one of your intentions is to start or strengthen your own meditation practice.