We made it! We made it to 2021!
What an accomplishment to celebrate. Congratulations!
I picture St. Hildegard holding her abbess staff. So strong and powerful. She radiates as she speaks, “God created me… God is also my strength… Through God, I have living spirit. Through God I have life and movement. Through God I learn, I find my path…”
Picture yourself holding a staff, strong and powerful. Take a moment and consider what created your staff in 2020? How did you find the strength and power to persevere in 2020?
Was it your spirit guides who you called upon?
The love and support of your family and friends?
Your time spent in nature?
Or time spent in meditation?
Let’s offer gratitude for each and every gift that nourished us in 2020 so that we could arrive in 2021 on this beautiful planet Earth. What a treasure that we’ve been given to be able to continue our work in a new year!
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And now we begin this adventure in January of a new year! As we enter into 2021, I remember that this past week was Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day for some. It’s a time for revelation or insight. It officially marks the end to the Christmas season and the Sacred Nights and opens our door to new beginnings and a new year.
If we think back to the traditional Christian story of the Three Wise Men, we can remember that they were three respected and scholarly men (not actually kings) who traveled east following the bright star in the night’s sky. They hoped to find the new baby that was born who was prophesied to become a great king. After a long journey, they finally arrived and saw the child with his mother Mary and knelt down and honored him. Then they presented him with the precious gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
In this sacred story, we remember Mary, as Divine Mother, as a bridge between the spirit world and earth as she births this child. She allowed herself to open her heart to accept this path of love where she would be the vessel to deliver this divine gift that would bring light into the world.
As we enter into 2021, how can we open our hearts to something new, a new creation that will be birthed in the new year ---something that maybe we can’t even imagine may be a part of our lives on earth?!
And what gifts that nourished us in 2020 do we want to be certain to bring with us on our journey into 2021? Let us be inspired by the gifts of the 3 Wise Men!
As you head into 2021 and consider the new creations you want to birth in this year, what 3 precious gifts do you want to be certain to bring as nourishment on this journey into a new year?
I wish you a Happy and Joyful New Year! May all of your dreams be birthed and nourished in the new year of 2021!
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We did it! Somehow we made it through 2020. I think many of us are totally relieved to have 2020 behind us. I know I am.
Although there are many pieces that we might want to leave behind in 2020, there are several things we’ve learned that’ll be helpful to carry forward into 2021. Yes, there are! What comes to mind for me are ….
What about you?
As we begin the new year and the possibility of a brand new start, what can we envision for the coming year? What seeds have been planted amidst the challenges of 2020 that will ripen and bear fruit for the health of the world in 2021?
I share with you a story by Scott Blum I stumbled across recently that may help you consider what intentions you want to set for the new year of 2021.
I was fortunate to spend time with an enigmatic man named Robert during a very special period of my life. Robert taught me many things during our days together, and this time of year reminds me of one particular interaction we had.
“Now that you are becoming more aware, Robert said to me, you need to begin to set goals for yourself so you don’t lose the momentum you have built.”
“Like New Year’s resolutions?” I asked.
“That’s an interesting idea,” he smirked. “Let’s do that.”
By then I was used to Robert’s cryptic responses, so I knew something was up because of the way his eyes sparkled as he let out an impish laugh.
“Tonight’s assignment is to make two lists,” Robert continued. “The first is a list of all the New Year’s resolutions you WANT to keep, and the second is a list of all the New Year’s resolutions you WILL keep. Write the WANT List first, and when you have exhausted all of your ideas, then write the second list on another sheet of paper.”
That night I went home and spent several hours working on the two lists. The WANT List felt overwhelming at first, but after a while I got into writing all the things I had always wanted to do if the burdens of life hadn’t gotten in the way.
After nearly an hour, the list swelled to fill the entire page and contained nearly all of my ideas of an ideal life.
The second list was much easier, and I was able to quickly commit ten practical resolutions that I felt would be both realistic and helpful.
The next day, I met Robert. “Tell me about your two lists,” Robert said as the familiar smirk crept onto his face.
“The first list contains all the things I SHOULD do if I completely changed my life to be the person I always wanted to be. And the second list contains all the things I COULD do by accepting my current life and taking realistic steps towards the life I want to lead.”
“Let me see the second list,” he said.
I handed him the second list, and without even looking at it, he ripped the paper into tiny pieces and threw it in the nearby garbage can. His disregard for the effort I had put into the list annoyed me at first, but after I calmed down I began to think about the first list in a different light. In my heart, I knew the second list was a cop out, and the first list was the only one that really mattered.
“And now, the first list.” Robert bowed his head and held out both of his hands.
I purposefully handed him the first list and held his gaze for several seconds, waiting for him to begin reading the page. After an unusually long silence, he began to crumple the paper into a ball and once again tossed it into the can without looking at it.
“What did you do that for?!” I couldn’t hide my anger any longer.
Robert began to speak in a quiet and assured voice. “What you SHOULD or COULD do with your life no longer matters. The only thing that matters, from this day forward, is what you MUST do.”
He then drew a folded piece of paper from his back pocket and handed it to me.
I opened it carefully, and found a single word floating in the middle of the white page:
As we move into the new year of 2021, I hope you are taking with you the most precious jewels that have been born from the struggles of 2020. May they shine their luminosity on your dreams for 2021, imbued with LOVE in the world!
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I was born in London, England, educated in Switzerland, and am fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French. I hold a Doctorate in Ministry Degree and Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Education. Also, I am an accomplished artist and educator. I use all of this and much more when helping others heal their souls.