I hope the start of your new year has been great and that you’ve set some intentions that will be good for your joyful spirit. I was busy leading up to New Year’s Day in reflection of the past year. In fact, I actually looked back at the last decade, celebrating my progress and honouring the challenges for the blessing of growth. I love this time of renewal. I love the process of going within to discover what really matters to me. I love the silent optimism that swells in my heart. And I love the hopeful anticipation of seeing my new intentions manifest at exactly the right time. This month is all about you. Of the things you want to leave behind to make room for the new beginnings of the new year. It’s about your vision of who and what you want to become. But sometimes we need a little guidance to discover what our soul is telling us. Perhaps I can help.
Are you an avid reader? Looking for some great reads to help you with weight loss in 2020? How about fitness goals? Or maybe you’ve decided that 2020 will be your year to deepen your meditation and visualization abilities. Perhaps this year is about ridding yourself of ailments and diseases you have been coping with (you can really do this!) Or do you need help with relationships? How about how to attract more financial abundance? Could your business or new venture use some renewal? Well, I’m going to share some of my favourite books to get you started. Here are seven great resources to help you with your 2020 intentions, all focused on helping you become a renewed version of your previous self. I hope you enjoy!
Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël. Frohe Weinachten. Feliz Navidad. Buon Natale. Feliz Natal. Vrolijk kerstfeest. Crăciun fericit. Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia. God Jul. Veselé Vánoce. I think I’ve covered many of the world’s languages expressing Merry Christmas. Sorry if I’ve left anyone out!
As a serial joy and abundance activist, I’ve learned that one of the biggest barriers to living a life of ultimate joy is the illusion that there’s not enough. In fact, staying in the frequency of fear only perpetuates this myth by attracting more “lack” because you are unconsciously summoning experiences that validate your current belief of lack. But by expressing gratitude for all the things you do have – a roof over your head, warm running water, food in your belly, people you can count on, is the fastest way to joy.
It’s a full moon tonight! How appropriate that this week’s blog falls on a full moon and that this month’s joy habit is gratitude! If you’ve been a regular reader of my weekly blogs and monthly newsletter, you know that I do my own monthly moon ceremonies – at new moon and at full moon. Since the full moon is the time of release when you let go so that you can let in all the things you desire, I view gratitude as a form of release. This is what I mean.
Cultures throughout the world set aside a special day of the year or an entire season to give thanks. For example, in North America we celebrate “Thanksgiving” in October for Canada and November in the United States. China celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival, Germany has Erntedankfest (Harvest Festival). In Japan there is the celebration of Kinrō Kansha no Hi (Labor Thanksgiving Day), Vietnam has Têt-Trung-Thu Festival and India celebrates Pongal. All countries include some kind of ritual as part of their annual celebration. And although dedicating a day or season to express appreciation is a wonderful way to practice gratitude, I believe you can express your thanks more often with a sense of ritual as well.
You’ve likely heard someone say they are “holding space” for a friend who is going through a challenge. Or maybe someone has asked you to hold space for them. But what does that really mean? In this week’s blog, I share my interpretation of this expression and its bearing on this month’s joy habit of being present.
Have you ever wanted to meditate but were confused about how to do it? Or if you do meditate, do you worry that you’re not doing it right? If so, you’re not alone. There are so many methods of meditation and no shortage of people who are ready to tell you that their way is the right way. But that’s not true. As Neal Donald Walsh said it best, “Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.” Great advice for living a joyful life – takes the pressure off! So here’s the deal.
In this week’s blog I’m going to share three of my favourite activities to help you slow your roll so that you can live more joyfully in the present moment. You may already be familiar with some of these practices, however, others may be new to you. My intention is to provide you with a gentle reminder of the importance of slowing down, being present, taking it all in, moment by moment without judgement. Just being.
Do you sometimes drive somewhere and when you arrive you don’t remember driving there? Your mind was thinking ahead to your plans for the weekend, or what to cook for dinner, or you were replaying an argument you had with your partner. You had simply driven to your destination on autopilot. Happens all the time when we’re not living in the now. I call that distracted living. The danger of course with distracted living is that you’re missing out on what’s happening in the moment, which is after-all the only thing you have any control over.