For many of us, the holidays are a time to be with family and to relax and unwind before the new year begins. For me, spending time with loved ones is a big part of this but the holidays are also an opportunity I take for some much needed "down time" away from my normal routine to reflect.
Recently, I did some writing in my personal journal to get clear on what I liked about 2014, what I was thankful for, and what I imagined I would like to accomplish in 2015. For me, some of the things I was grateful for this year included the people in my life who have helped me become a better person and to evolve. I am also extremely grateful for the opening of Total Body Power, which was just a mere dream only one year ago. Never did I think this would happen so quickly, but I believe that when we are really ready for something, it happens fast. I am also thankful for learning some big life lessons this year pertaining to listening more deeply to my intuition and trusting in the process of life.
During this holiday break, will you take time to reflect on the past year? Do you know what you'd like for 2015?
If you are really busy and think you don't have time to do this, I can completely understand that feeling! However, sometimes we need to slow down to move forward. If we don't allow ourselves time to reflect, then we become creatures of habit - driven by outside forces. I know for me, when I get caught in that place of "I don't have time to slow down!", I end up missing some opportunities that I otherwise might have seen if I had been in a more relaxed and open mindset. Often times, too, when we slow down to reflect, we create mental space to see something differently...perhaps a more efficient way to go about things, a solution to a problem, or an insight on a relationship. Most importantly, however, we can become more clear about what it is we want - which is not a question many of us allow ourselves to ponder often enough.
I've come up with a simple list of questions you may want to ask yourself to help prompt some reflection. You can mentally reflect, talk it out with a friend or family member, or you may want to sit alone and write out your reflection.
1) What were some of the big events in my life in 2014? How do I feel about those events?
2) What are some of the big life lessons I learned in 2014? What lessons do I still need work on?
3) What are some big goals for me in 2015? What can I do now about this?
4) Whom or what am I grateful for?
5) What would I like in 2015?
Its amazing how fast a year goes by. Its even more amazing how much can change in one year. Be grateful for everyone in your life and all of the blessings you already have. Gratitude is one of the quickest ways you can manifest more of what you want in life. Take the time to thank people who have been there for you, who have helped you on your journey. And lastly, when doing this exercise, its important not to self-criticize. Practice self-compassion. Life lessons are meant to wake us up, not to punish us. Go about your reflection with compassion, an open heart and mind and feel the excitement and enjoyment bubble up as you let love in.
Wishing everyone very blessed holidays,
"Endings are just beginnings in disguise."