I am inspired by natural elegance and excellence all around me.
All that is reflected to me magnifies my essence.
As we approached year end, I began to notice the seemingly sweeping shift in mainstream energy from that of an even flow of enjoying celebrations and connections to an almost frenetic energy as many reviewed the past year and suddenly felt an urge to complete their resolutions. To many, these resolutions originated from a place of faith last January with the desire to invest resources to complete them. Now, with year end, gone is the faith; replaced by fear that leaving these resolutions uncompleted will… what?… show the World that we are not enough? Somehow mean that we won’t pass to the next “grade” in life?
In such a way, many who choose to make new year’s resolutions tend to bring unfinished business and residual fear into the new year. If one believes–as I do–that to create this moment I: clear space, set an intention, invest energy, and allow for magnificent to be perfectly placed; one could see how unfinished business and residual fear would impact all that I create in the new year before the new year even began! Instead of a clean slate, many are left holding bags of clutter.
May I ask you to consider something perhaps a bit new and different? Instead of compiling yet another “to-do” list full of self-imposed limitations (because really, when you create such a list, do you feel free to invest in an activity not on the list while faced with so many lines of “should’s”), may you consider the idea of setting an intention for the year and allowing this intention to guide your direction? I would love to ask you to consider a daily intention, rather than a yearly one, but let’s baby step through this idea; while mainstream focuses on year end review and new year planning, we shall focus on opening our hearts to experience the freedom of living untethered to a list.
My perspective expands each time that I consider new and different. When I set an intention for the new year, I pick one word that symbolizes a concept that is an area of opportunity for me so that as I explore the word I will grow, effortlessly, through the fun of exploration. Last year’s word was simplicity (this link shares the process I follow when setting an intention). I loved the sound of the word, but I also recognized that as I began to honor transparency in all of my relations I wanted the simplicity of truth to be the core of all that I created. As I embraced simplicity, it evolved into my entire way of life; leading to where I am now, currently in the midst of external that resembles nothing of how my life was this time last year.
My word this year is: excellence. Excellence as in optimal energy on all levels. Excellence as in integrity, honor, quality and truth…no holds barred. Focusing my awareness on living my purpose in life and investing energy only that which is spirit enlivening and life enriching while I release all else. I am also exploring the ideas of commitment and routine and stability within my practice of unfolding. These are all feelings from my heart space–how does excellence feel to me, where shall I let it guide me, how will it manifest within my creative expressions?
To illustrate how I currently view this word within my intention for the year, I will share this excerpt from a recent issue of Transformational Magic (note from Joy: Transformational Magic is a weekly subscription newsletter I used to write that is no longer available):
“Excellence. My friend, Evita Ochel, recently posted a video from her 11-11-11 trip to Peru Spiritual Journey Experience. As I watched her video, tears streamed down my face. Tears of joy, yes!, and tears of sorrow. Joy: Evita understands the significance of standing on sacred ground, she lives her truth, and she shares it boldly even as she experiments within it. As she shared her insights and reflections–along with the beauty and history of the land–I was aware that I, too, may have this spiritual experience right here as I am, where I am; but, also, I may have that experience the moment I am committed to it. Sorrow: I love Evita for who she is and what she shares–she didn’t get to be there with her soul partner husband by compromising or playing small or allowing fear to paralyze her; nope. She got there (right where she wanted to be!) because she holds on to her truth and creates from it and allows for magnificent (do I have that or have I allowed compromise to block flow?). As I watched Evita in this video–radiating pure love and light–I thought of how we have shared physical space and this bond of friendship that spans distance and I think how she mirrors to me: excellence. She would not like me to apply the label of “excellent” to her, but in this case, I apply the feeling of excellence: quality, commitment, full presence, truth.
Reflection: Am I willing to invest my time, energy, resources, presence to being fully committed to my dream…not to the idea of my dream, but to living that dream fully. A while back, when I read that Britney Spears did 500 situps every day, I did 500 situps every day, and I had the best abs in town. Why??? (not why was I reading about Britney, can‘t answer that *grin*, but why did I have the best abs?) Because I was committed to doing whatever it took, to showing up everyday and putting in the time, effort, emotion, to getting those abs. Would I like to compromise away my dream or fulfill it? And will I do what it takes or just be half assed hoping it works anyway? Sure I’m stepping through doorways, but then do I stand still hoping to be handed a gift, or do I keep exploring, knowing it is the experience, not the result.
My challenge as I continue to allow the change of the last sixty days to settle and to embrace the concept of excellence as I create, is to not look back upon the periods of stagnation the last year and criticize my self, but to apply compassion and clarity. To celebrate the motion I did allow, all that I did create, and to recognize the patterns of the barriers to flow that I built so I may release those patterns that no longer serve me in living my purpose. Since my purpose is to be love, as I review the last year, I am cognizant of the importance of being as gentle and loving with myself as I would be with a friend or client. ” (Thank you for holding space as I shared this excerpt).
May I ask, are you open to setting an intention for the day/the year? And if so, what is your intention word?
Happy New Year! Happy Day!
Much peace and abundant love,
Reminder: Experiment. Explore. Experience.