Replacing the resolutions

The start of a new year always holds such a sense of possibility, of hope for what great things could happen. 

I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions for quite a few years now.  Like many people, my resolutions never amounted to much!  After that, the thought of making more just feels so forced, and so I did nothing.

Last year for the first time, I chose a few themes for 2015.  Three words that just felt right to me at the time, and it’s amazing to look back now and see how those themes developed for me over the course of the year.

I’ve done the same this year.  I don’t rush into it to have it all outlined on January 1st.  Instead, I leave myself open to think about how I want to feel, what I want to experience, what I know will be coming up in my life. 

And then I stop thinking about it and let the ideas or words or images emerge.  What does your heart say?  What does your belly say?  It’s a very worthwhile practice to just be open and present.  It builds your intuition and a sense of comfort in listening to your own deepest knowing.  For me it hasn’t been an easy practice, as I am definitely a thinker, and turning that off at will has been challenging.  Patient practice does wonders!

I’ve taken my time with this process and now, by mid-January, I’ve come up with my 3 words for 2016:

BEAUTY    -     JOY  -      COURAGE

I’m eager to see how these will infuse my life in 2016.  Some of you may remember that “joy” was one of my words last year.  It emerged again for me this year and that makes sense to me.  It’s such a big part of what I’m creating with my programs and also I feel like I have a lot more to learn from it in my own life.  The other two themes are new and, I think, show the progression of my own transformative journey.

So it’s my turn to ask you:  Do you have any themes for 2016?

If so (and there’s still time to do this practice, if you haven’t – it’s not too late!), did you allow them to emerge from somewhere other than your intellect?  And are you open to the possibility of these coming to fruition in an unexpected way?  (I’ve discovered that the path is rarely what you expect it will be.)

I’d love to hear your themes if you feel called to share in the comments below.  

I wish you many blessings for an amazing and joyful year full of energy!