Monday, December 26, 2011

As One Door Closes Another Opens

As 2011 comes to a close and 2012 begins to open up this week, where are your thoughts?  I typically sit in this week looking back over the year of accomplishments and failures and can find myself "rating" my year based on if there are more checks on the failure or accomplishment side.  What I have learned to be true however, is that the worth of my year is not determined by a tally sheet.  It is determined by my thinking and beliefs.  If I believe I had a crappy year, then I had....a crappy year.  If I believe I had a good year, then I had a....good year.  What is challenging here is the dichotomy of good and bad, as if those are the only two options a year can be.  Where I move my thoughts to now on a more regular basis is that my years, all of them, the one just past to 5 years ago to the one upcoming are years of growth and opportunity for expansion.
So sitting on the cusp of the new year I get excited about one of my favorite spiritual practices, Visioning.  I started Visioning over 8 years ago and make it a regular practice throughout the year, but always make time for it as one year closes and another year begins.
Simply, Visioning is a type of meditation, where one becomes still and surrenders trying to "figure" anything out and ask 4 questions and see what reveals.  These questions are directed more to our heart, soul and spirit than our intellectual mind.  Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith starting teaching this technique decades ago and calls it "reverent listening".  In Visioning our only purpose is to listen with our inner ear to what the voice of our spirit has to share.  Join me this year is Visioning as opposed to resolving.  It is truly a powerful way to move into the New Year.

There are many opportunities to be led in Visioning.  I lead a weekly Visioning group Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m., I will be facilitating an evening Visioning and Vision Boarding process on Wednesday, January 11th at Be Optimal Holistic Center.  My colleague and dear friend Sara Connell will be leading a Visioning workshop as well at the Bodhi Spiritual Center on January 8th.

Feel free to contact me with questions.  I can also send you instruction to facilitate your own Visioning process.  Happy New Year!

Love, Light & Laughter,

1 comment:

Biana said...

So funny, I woke up this morning and was looking over my vision board for 2011 and tallying up on what I did well versus some things that I really could have showed up to more. Then just a little bit later I opened to your blog post. ;) Thank you for this wisdom as it opened me up to see my tallying of good's vs. bad's with a different language - one that guides me to reflect on my growth and where are there opportunities for spiritual expansion. Beginning now to reflect this way, I feel an opening in experiencing and living life more fully in 2012.