Lots of people are setting New Year's Resolutions right now. That seems to me to be a rather depressing way to start the New Year. The attitude is that there's something wrong with you and you should change it... by sheer power of will.
What if, instead of deciding to move away from what we don't want, we chose a beacon... something that could draw us forward into the life we DO want? What if we could choose a word, just a single word, that could act as a reference point throughout the year... a simple, single word that could be a reminder of what we ARE working for?
Last year I chose the word 'EMERGE'. In December of 2012 I even kind of cocooned myself, gave myself some down time, knowing that 2013 would be full of transformation. I chose the butterfly as my year-long totem, and even bought myself a bracelet with a butterfly so that I could have a talisman for where I was headed. My intentions were to fully step into who I am, to step into myself fully and to express it through my life and my work. This was a full monty sort of transformation... and in the public realm I launched Luminous Muse Healing and put my face on my healing work. It was the birth of things that had incubated for years. And, like any birth story it's much different than I imagined it would be.
But here I am... facing 2014. Words have tumbled around in my mind for weeks... but I think that my word for this year found me two nights ago... STAND. It's time now to ground myself in the emergence. It's time to stand for what I do and who I am.. It's time to stand-for, stand-my-ground, and stand up! Ahead of me is a grounding, rooting, solidifying year where I want to fully anchor myself and Luminous Muse Healing. Though the emergence was amazing, parts of it felt out of my control (an illusion... but it felt true) and it felt momentous. I'm now looking forward to the stability that 2014 promises. I even already have my reminder talisman... these new earrings I just bought that were inspired by evergreen pinecones... and were made by a gorgeous friend-artist.
One of the ways I'm planning stability into my calendar is to offer a monthly group healing call... the 2014 Healing Circle. It is a no-strings-attached gift... just hop on the call... experience the transformation... percolate with it... and call back next month. If you want individualized support with it... there's an option for that too. Click here to sign up for the info for the free group healing call.
I hope that one way or another I will connect with you this year. Whether it's on the calls, working together, that we keep up on Facebook, we're friends in person... or whatever... I do intend to connect with others. Another meaning of STAND... as in a group of trees. I am intending to stand with my friends, colleagues, clients, and community this year in collaboration and connection. If you want to get information on gatherings and current mind-body health news consider joining my mailing list.
May you have a blessed and vibrant 2014!
In honor of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, I think I'll start with the element of Wood, which is related to spring and beginnings. The Wood Element is the energy of intentions and goals. It is having an idea of where you want to go, setting of intention, and plotting your path. Chinese medicine texts often talk about people who have strong elemental energy and what type of people they are... but I'd like to tell you how Wood energy might be showing up in your life.
In balance, Wood is expressed as a sense of surety... of knowing what you want out of life. Getting in touch with your Wood element (because each of us carries all of these archetypal energies to one degree or another)... you could ask yourself what you would like life to be like for you in a year? Five years? Ten years? What are your personal goals for yourself? Deepening of your spiritual connection? To clear out old beliefs so that you can be your most authentic self? Creating more ease in your life? Wood energy can help get you oriented in the right direction!
Out out of balance, Wood is associated with frustration, angry outbursts, impatience, uncooperative and a predominance of being overly intense. Physical signs of imbalance in Wood can be excessively high or low blood pressure, pain in the eyes or ears, nail and skin issues, vertigo and/or constipation. Mediating out-of-balance Wood energy can be done through one or more of the following activities: daily mindfulness practice, adjusting the inner dialogue to put less pressure on the psyche, exercise (yoga or pilates is especially helpful because of the slow mindful pace of the exercise), and conscious breathing practices.
Having balanced Wood energy supports you setting goals and intentions that are in alignment with your true self. The alignment of those intentions with who you truly are can offer ease and flow to the daily life you live through having the longer, higher vision of life, rather than getting caught in the details. This energy is crucial to fully embracing your uniqueness and living YOUR life.
So... in true Wood form... LET'S GO FOR IT!
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