Over the last few weeks I've been hearing from family, friends, patients, and even strangers about how 2013 is going to be a great year. Well, I suppose the fact that there will be a year after the doomsday predictions of 12/21/2012 gives us a great start, and a potential for considering our personal rituals around the beginning of the calendar year. We get new calendars, learn to write 2013 on our paperwork and checks, and begin the year by submitting our taxes for the previous year.
Depending on the lens through which you see your life, New Year's might be nothing special, or it might be a time for you to reflect on how you will shift within you to create the "great" year you are wanting. Being a fan of turning inward, I'm the reflective type. I consider the previous year, 2012, and my experiences of family, friends, work, community, and the bigger world I'm part of. For me, 2012 was filled with celebrations, creativity, abundance, great music, dancing, new babies, fulfilling work, miracles of nature, wonderful practices, and peace. It was also filled with stress, loss, weather disasters, senseless violence, fear, and endings. I remember a year that was full with life's experiences, times I moved in, moved toward, moved out, moved away, and times that the simplicity of being present brought more healing than any action I might have considered. These reflections support me to understand my nature, and create the compassionate awareness I need to grow and show up in my life with more presence than I have the year before. For me, reflection is the ritual, as it brings forth the truthful experiences of my life, and it's precious moments. Those moments are sometimes extremely difficult, dark, and filled with fear, and other moments are filled with abundant bubbles of excitement, giggles, and passion. However, they are all my experience…some shared with others, some alone. Those moments have become the sacred story of my year.
Try a reflection on 2012, all your experiences, and see what your awareness brings… allow it to be unfiltered, allow it to simply be your experience of a year in your life, with no pressure, no promises, no should haves, or could haves. Simply notice the fullness of your experience. The most difficult experiences can be the most challenging to reflect upon. However, they are part of the sacred life you live. Perhaps journal if it appeals to you, or perhaps a prayer of gratitude for all your experiences, and the promise and hope of creating new awareness of your experiences in the coming year.
Blessings of Presence to the fullness of your life in 2013.