As we move into the New Year of 2021, I invite you to reflect on what has been meaningful during this unprecedented year of 2020. Maybe you can ask what has been important in your life.
Just as a North Star guides as a compass,, ask “What is the core value that you would most like to express in 2021″ – such as, for example, living with more balance or connecting with others; seeing our own goodness and trusting it. We are often already doing this without realising it.
Our thoughts can so often undermine our enthusiasm for taking action, thus
discouraging nourishment in daily life (the ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts’, ‘what’s the point?’
etc.) Cross-checking our thoughts with reality is a perfect antidote to negativity
We can admit our vulnerability. Very often it feels as if we have to be responsible , or feel guilty when we ask for help. But we don’t have to do everything all on our own.
What would you say to a dear friend or pet, knowing how important this core
value is for them and how much it hurts to be ignored?
Can you, allow the words of this compassionate value to yourself, wash over you,
like a warm bath?
Recently, I heard an Israeli Mindfulness Teacher explain how a Green Sabbath
Day is practised in Israel. It is a day you choose in the week to relax into simplicity,
rest from digital communications relax from the treadmill, notice what is here to enjoy, and what needs replenishing or rejuvenating . Content in a day of rest, you
then ask ‘What is good enough, right now?’
Jane O’Shea offers some encouragement in her poem:
‘The Voice Calling You Home’
“Take off your muddied work-coat
toiling so hard to make yourself something else
Stop shouting for your work to finish
you need simply to open the door
Someone will hand you a rich moist cake
and say the time for celebration has come
Time for you to rest my friend
your searching has come to an end. Open the door and come right in
You will find the handle on the inside of your heart
Someone has left the light on
with a note to welcome you home….”
We frequently become strangers to our own compassionate hearts. What barriers
are keeping you from finding the handle inside your own heart?
With much love warmth and kindness to you all