I always feel a bit of magic in the liminal nature of this week before New Year's. Not quite the last year, and not quite the next, there seems to be a usefulness in the threshold of this week - a powerful in-between vantage point to see what's been and what's coming with fresh and curious eyes.
To me, it feels like traveling to a foreign country and looking back at my life in America with an objectivity not usually available in the hustle and bustle of my life.
If you, too, are taking a break from the wild news cycle, and taking a moment to look at what's happened, what is, and what's next in your life, here are 9 questions to accompany that reflection and visioning.
These questions are meant to be meditated on, to spark insight, and give you new openings into who you are and who you are becoming.
They have been known to change the game quite profoundly for some people, but by no means do they have to be answered in formal writing, in order, or all at once. Let your intuition guide you - and if you prefer to respond with drawing, a mind map, a poem - answer in the language that makes most sense to you.
And if you are on reflection/planning overload, then PLEASE - skip this and go do something fun.
If you decide to take some time with these, I'll remind you that answers are most potent when they are allowed to emerge and be felt, without rush or force.
As always, invite the critical, fearful voices to step aside at a conversational distance. This is a dialogue between you and your soul.
3 for 2016:
3 for RIGHT NOW:
3 for 2017:
and a BONUS ?:
What would you let go of, do, and/or create if this were your last year on earth?
I'd love to know how this went for you. This is just a starting point - and as you weave any of what came up into your intentions, goals, and themes for the year, I advocate that you trust your answers (even if they're not the ones you wanted, since sometimes that happens when you get truthful) and start small to go big.
As we close out this uncanny year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you. This community means a great deal to me, and I am honored that you take the time to read these posts and be a part of this conversation. I am always deeply thankful to hear your responses, and I constantly learn from your insights. Your bravery inspires, and please keep sharing your discoveries.
I took a risk last year and acted on an intuition to write this blog, and it has grown and sparked things and taught me in ways I never could have imagined.
So this is something that I've learned this year - that following intuition and taking risks brings unexpected gifts - but that you have to follow these impulses before the path feels clear and you know where you are going. If things feel cloudy right now as you move in the direction of what is calling to you, dear ones, keep faith. There are gifts on the other side.
Let's make waves and wonders (in spite of everything - because of everything) this year.
I believe in you