It’s the last day of the year with a new beginning just around the bend. It’s always such an interesting time, isn’t it, a strange zone of in-between when we wait for a brand new year to commence.
Honestly, I’m ready to say goodbye to 2017. Between the passing of Louise Hay, and completing a “year of firsts” after the death of my father only to begin another with the death of our cat, Poupon, I’m ready for a bit of smooth sailing. And yet I know better.
This past year has taught me an important lesson: A good life is not the absence of loss or challenges, but rather the result of learning to weather storms. Daily practices like keeping a journal, counting our blessings, meditating, or spending time in nature, are the simple activities that steady an anxious heart and allow us to move through emotional weather patterns with courage and grace.
While I wish life were certain, clear-cut and easily manageable, the reality is that uncertainty rules the day and sometimes a period of limbo is what’s needed to ready us for a new stage of life. Last week, while doing one of the first interviews for “Waking Up in Winter,” I was asked about what I learned after completing this new book. My answer was immediate:
There is great value in learning to wait through a transition time in life. It takes courage to sit in the mystery, to tell the truth about what no longer works without knowing what will. The transition from one way of being or living to another cannot be rushed and a new life cannot be willed into existence. Sometimes we are simply called to wait.
If you’re in a time of transition, I hope you’ll give yourself the gift of a daily practice that tethers you to the only source of certainty we ever really have: The awareness of ourselves as souls on a grand spiritual adventure. You, the soul, are in there, it’s the very core of who you are. Stay connected .
I wish you and yours a Happy New Year and I look forward to continuing our journey together in 2018!
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