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Posted in News on January 4, 2012 2 comments

A JUICY AND DELICIOUS NEW YEAR!


Juicy and Delicious 2012!

It’s normal for me to feel a sense of optimism and hopeful anticipation at the start of a new year. And, though I can’t quite put my finger on it, I have the sense that this year, the energy that ushered me into 2012 somehow feels different – It shimmers and sizzles and just has more oomph to it than usual!

This animating energy is prompting me to want to do things differently – to break out of the habitual rituals, roles, and comfort zones that have served me so well for many years but now feel passé. I’m gushing with new ideas and aspirations. My soul longs for new expression, the kind that more notably reflects my true essence. I feel ready to break open and live an ample and luscious life, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Words like “juicy” and “delicious” come to mind as those which, when it’s over, I would want to use to describe my audacious, bold, courageous 2012 adventure.

They say, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it. Yet, this doesn’t feel like a year to keep the status quo, to do things I have always done in the way I’ve always done them. This is a year to be expansive in my thinking and expectations and to move beyond self-imposed boundaries. This is a year for more vim, vigor, and verve in my ministry, my health, my finances – my life!

Ordinarily, I have an idea of the list of goals I want to accomplish during the year and, using my Mastermind Journal as the container, I identify any action steps, small or great, which can be taken on a monthly and weekly basis, and I transfer these to the appropriate placeholder in my journal. This is a great way to not only keep me focused on my goals but also keeps track of those which have been accomplished, those that need to be deferred, and those that, well, while they were a good idea at the time, are plainly no longer viable or appealing.

I wanted to capture this new-found ardor, brimming over into the first week of the New Year, and reflect it in the kind of dreams and goals I would set for myself for 2012. This clearly called for a new approach; so I created what I called a “Fast-Forward Meditation” in which, having relaxed and become centered, I visualized myself propelled into the future to 31 December 2012. I visualized myself taking note of my surroundings and of what I was doing, what I was wearing, what was happening around me, who was with me, and what I was thinking and feeling.

From this vantage point, with the benefit of imaginary hindsight, and a handy set of questions posed in the present tense to make it feel more concrete, I continued with the following line of enquiry:

• What can I say is my greatest success or triumph of 2012?
• What is it I am most proud of completing?
• What areas of my life, affairs, body, emotions, are healed/transformed?
• What would I like to have done differently?
• What is my biggest piece of unfinished business? What steps can I take to complete it?
• Which person/s had the greatest impact on me? Why?
• What one key thing did I do to make a difference to my family, in my community, or in the world?

Normally, I reflect on these types of questions as part of my New Year goal-setting process – but that’s when the current year is actually over. This though, was like creating my own premonition; heightened, in part, by adding context, texture, and emotions to make it feel real. Setting sacred intention with an imaginary peek into the future, while in a deep meditative state, helped me create more meaningful goals and aspirations; goals that are still SMART (S=Specific, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Realistic, T=Time-based) yet, are informed by the wisdom of the soul.

I am now ready to embody 2012 with my whole quintessential self. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this vibrant year and take huge, tasty, juicy bites from life in ways that satisfy my mind, body and soul.

Ummmm…DELICIOUS!