The New Year (for real)

The harsh reality: The Holidays are over and it is time to go back to work and deal with WINTER…

The cookies have been eaten, gifts have been given, visits have been completed and even the preliminary work for reopening the dojo is done. I’m looking at all the lovely decorations that will be put away soon (after the Epiphany). I’m going to miss them – Snowmen are so adorable, the lights are comforting and the scented candles are warm and inviting.

Christmas is not just a favorite holiday of mine it’s also a brief reality escape, being away from work and routine, surrounded by memories of Christmases long ago I always feel the presence of those who’ve passed more around this time. I also love giving and doing for others – Getting out of my own head and concerns.

Now during these final hours before the first Monday in January (the real New Year) I’m once again in the middle of anticipation and dread! Excited about seeing my students getting back into training but dreading the drudgery of January and February and the frozen rat race. I’m looking forward to catching up with my staff on what’s going on and working on our new goals but at the same time I’m going to miss the solitude of being home.

This is me in the middle of the road looking left then right occasionally behind but focusing forward starting at 5am tomorrow Monday, January 4th, looking forward to a productive, exciting year filled with laughs, love and I’m guessing a few tears…

Strength

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.-Gandhi 

The above quote is the header for January’s theme on my Cow Yoga calendar…

How appropriate that strength be the theme for the first of the year, because sooner than later we are going to come up against a challenge requiring it.  The unknown is a scary place yet its where we all reside, no matter how many plans we make or how prepared we are there is always the “unwanted surprise”. Sometimes these surprises are little annoyances like traffic, an interrupted moment, a frozen computer  or surprises can be  good or bad life changing moments like; a death, falling in love, sudden illness, or winning the lottery.  Each of these so called surprises require some amount of character strength to get us through.

Many of us will be joining or rejoining a gym this month to work on our physical goals for 2016, but how many of us will be working on our mental and spiritual strength? The former strength may help you lift an extra box or carry in another bag of groceries, but the later is going to help you go to the gym, hold you tongue in an argument, get you through an illness (yours or a loved ones) . Unfortunately there are no gyms for developing character strength – Just life’s lessons. Which is why meditation and self reflection are necessasry components in developing this kind of strength.

Reflecting on how we are feeling during times of stress (an internal selfie) will teach us where we are and how we are, hopefully giving us enough information and confidence to push forward – It is in the moving forward that we gain character strength this is the indomitable will that Gandhi speaks of that we gain when we get through these challenges.

The reflection practice can take place in meditation, a hike, a run, through prayer, or just sitting quietly. However you reflect make it a practice, because it is through practice that we gain knowledge and there is no more important subject to learn than yourself…

 

 

 

 

 

New Pages

Is there anything better than a new calendar, writing tablet or book?

Each of these holds the possibility for something new; A New Year, Month, Week or Day – A space for creating – Pages to enlighten and or entertain!

All of the above is the reason for me exploring yet another go at a blog. A New Year to experience and express in a new forum for creating and entertaining. (at least I hope entertaining).

So Welcome 2016 like everything new we anticipate the best is yet to be…