Before we set off on the adventures of 2023, it can be illuminating to reflect on where we’ve been. Gathering and integrating the growth and wisdom cultivated in 2022 helps to seed our next steps.
Certainly, for everyone I’ve been working with lately, there have been multiple opportunities for growth in all the realms of human experience – relationship-wise, work-wise, health-wise, etc. All the wises!
For me, 2022 was a growthful year health-wise. I took a few tumbles, broke my left shoulder and sprained both ankles. (Not all at the same time, fortunately!)
In the past, I might have collapsed into powerlessness and just sat on the sidelines, waiting passively for healing to happen. All the while resisting my experience. This year I gave myself the opportunity to release the resistance and promote healing by staying active in the ways my body allowed, without pushing or punishing it.
Ironically, the injuries renewed my enthusiasm for yoga. And although I didn’t have the flexibility and strength of the past, I learned to gently and patiently work with my body to slowly increase strength and range of motion. And to give rest when needed. In other words, I’ve been learning to listen deeply and become a real friend to my body.
Now, on the other side of these injuries, I’m enjoying enhanced communication and collaboration between me and my body. More kindness, less control. More permission, less pushing. More fun, less effort.
It is never too late to grow in these ways, and for that I am deeply grateful!
What about you? What growth or wisdom have you cultivated in 2022? What will you carry forward into the new year?
If you’d like to explore with me, next Wednesday, December 28th I’ll be hosting a zoom gathering called Create Your Year. During this two-hour workshop you’ll be guided through a series of explorations and meditations to integrate the gifts of 2022, to release the year in gratitude, and to set your intentions and energy for 2023. See below for more details.
In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying your holiday season in the ways that fill your heart and feed your soul.
December 28, 2022
9:00-11:00 am PST
$45 early registration (register by December 26th)
$60 after December 26th
This workshop is open to graduates of the Inner Connection Institute’s free online, on-demand course Meditation for Living, or Essential Energy Care For The Awakening Empath.