2022 has been upon us for a few months, and now we begin to welcome spring. The simple forward turning of clock hands comes with an opportunity for a brilliant turn of mind or heart.
Time for your fresh start, your new beginning! Heck, why not just let the beautiful dawn break you wide open? Let this year be your playground for massive personal expansion. Rather than asking what the coming months will bring, stand with conviction for what you will bring to your year!
Actually, at any moment, one can opt to start fresh or begin again. Mini-rebirths are always possible. You can take a different path, a next step. You can edit or delete what you mistakenly just said the second before. You can cancel out that negative self-talk. You can course-correct. You can change it up. Remember to flex these muscles, my friend.
At the same time, it’s the official ringing-in of spring that can anchor fresh starts in big ways. Possibilities are endless for crisp new challenges and opportunities. We simply need to choose. It’s this reality — our capacity for conscious thought, conscious decision-making, and our ability to control or alter the thoughts we opt to think — that make us truly miraculous beings.
So remember this fact this month. That’s likely when the doldrums might hit — when, perhaps, you suddenly realize you’ve fallen off course from those delicious intentions you set while toasting in the new year. Simply shift back into your lane of choice!
For me, this time of year also signals a time of rejuvenation where I can ask myself, how might I bring new vigor and vitality to my life or my dreams? Checking in with yourself about what you wish to restore or renew in your life can be a powerful inquiry. Fresh perspectives and opportunities will likely bubble up, leaving you inspired and stimulated. One can easily get stuck when not allowing time for rest and renewal.
Recently, when I dared to question myself on this topic of rejuvenation, I discovered a curious urge to open to my wildness. I let this part of me, rather than a more careful, deliberate style of existence, guide me into something outrageously exciting. I spontaneously booked a trip to Italy — land of my ancestors and true home of my heart — for myself and my family. A big, wild step for me, indeed, especially as the Covid-cautious soul that I’ve been. Yet wildness, and specifically a wild essence, to me, equates with pure freedom and joy — exuberantly opening to, and exploring, new realms. And so it shall be. Dolce vita!
Letting the onset of a new year prompt you into embracing an aspect of yourself otherwise ignored, pushed down, or kept tucked away can be super empowering — not to mention fun! I strongly recommend considering what part of yourself you might intentionally bring out of hiding in 2022. Just do it. Then nourish and nurture whatever aspect you choose, and watch in wonderment as your life transforms in unique, unexpected, magnificent ways.
Spring beckons me into greater devotion — devotion to my said cause, purpose, and desires. I’m called to be loyal to, and enthusiastic toward, that which I have deemed of highest significance in my life. This includes my inner circle of beloved peeps, my life’s work as a coach, my dedication to my clients, and my deep desire for a life filled with pleasure and rich meaning.
By intentionally embodying the power of devotion to that which I treasure, my life itself becomes a living, breathing prayer. Cherishing the elements of my existence that feel most relevant, I can’t help but sprinkle them with the holy waters of daily worship, observance, love, thanksgiving, and praise. To my delight and discovery, everything that matters to me becomes even more elevated and energized when I practice the art of devotion.
I invite you to try this strategy out yourself, dear reader. Experiment with infusing your new year’s intentions with a commitment to stay devoted to those choices. I promise you that any burdens you might have felt when striving to carry your desires forward will lift. Instead, you will feel much greater ease and grace as you birth that which you’ve longed for.
Honor the Balance Between Desires and Beliefs
But what if, come mid-year, you notice that what you’ve desired or asked for doesn’t seem to be manifesting? First, stay curious. Next, I recommend you check in with yourself around the struggle. Notice what you are doing or not doing. Consider what negative belief or old story you might need to release in order to call in the jewels you are seeking. Or, on the other hand, perhaps you are choking off something that you might otherwise wish to let in. Where are you putting up subconscious barriers? How open are you to letting goodness and infinite possibilities flow in your life?
I invite you to infuse your new year with this kind of conscious, compassionate, openly-curious inquiry. Take regular pauses. Regularly contemplate the dynamics of your personal voyage. Ponder and highly respect your inner as well as outward state. Honor and celebrate the genius that is you. Trust yourself there. Trust the authority of your heart.
Start with the End in Mind
Life is one winding, ever-unfolding path. There are unimaginable delights, as well as sorrows, we all encounter along the journey. Your energetic vibration as you move through your days contributes to the types of moments that will appear before you. By this I mean that if you strive to embody uplifting states, this emotional reality will light your path well. If, on the other hand, you repeatedly find yourself dropping down into and getting stuck in states such as disappointment, despair, frustration, or anger, you’ll most likely experience a more dimly-lit path and miss seeing important treasures and gifts along the way.
So be deliberate in what you ask for, and be deliberate in how you energetically walk your path. This will impact, in a most favorable way, where you arrive. For instance, if you desire and remain awake to love, I believe you can’t help but witness its fruition in the end.
So for this spring season and the remaining year, what outcomes might you divinely design for? What north star will you focus on? It’s time to have that star brilliantly light up your night sky, time to live radiantly under its glow.
This article was also in the April 2022 publication of The Brick Magazine.