I write often about my having begun what I call a “Peace Practice” in the fall of 2014. It started with the hiring of a life coach (a good one can be a God send, mark my words) a lot of learning on what I needed to do to be happier and more content and in July of this year, I began a meditation practice. The combination of things learned along way along with the addition of more peace, finally had me feeling less a “victim of circumstance” and more a victor in my own life.
I am here today on the cusp of a new year to encourage you to seek a little more stillness in the year ahead. Whether you hire a coach, learn a bit more about meditation or crack a book on new ways to deal with our ever more fast-paced lives, do it. I have seen a profound shift in my ability to handle what would have had me hunkered down in tears for days not that long ago. I have increased patience with things. I have a broader perspective, see more angles and have cultivated space for additional options.
If you live in SE Michigan, I invite you to check out my January line-up of classes. (See “Upcoming Events” in the header on this web site or in the “Events” section of my biz page on Facebook, “The Serendipitous Soul”) I am offering 3 of my “Seeking the Stillness – Finding Your Little Piece of Peace” beginner meditation classes alone on the 10th, 15th and 17th. If you are out of my area but would like to find out more about what I offer and how I can get it to you, feel free to comment here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I know this post may seem like an “ad” and I have to say I was torn about writing it but anyone who has know me for 5 minutes knows that when I believe in something, from a restaurant to a friend, I share my joy about it and that’s exactly what my intent is here.
I ask you to consider two things in the last days of 2015 and first of 2016. First, glance back at 2015 and see what went right, what worked for you and what you can pull ahead into the new year and second, grab on to a sense of faith, hope and belief for 2016. Faith, because there are beautiful things out there that we don’t need to fully understand and embodying that “child like” beginners mind is such a gift. Hope, because it’s what keep us engaged and provides the strength we need to carry on and finally, belief for lacking belief is like a vehicle lacking fuel. From belief in one another to those of you who believe in a higher power, belief fuels faith and hope.
My friends, I wish you all good things in the year ahead. Gratitude from the blessings and grace from the lessons.
Happy New Year.