Take time to look both ways

This is a potent time of year.  Some things are ending. Some things are beginning. I write to suggest that you take time to look both ways.

Like the Roman God Janus who sits stonily at the gate looking forward and backward,  I’ve never been one to enjoy the partying/carousing aspects of the New Year celebrations. I seem to want to hibernate with my thoughts, and maybe a few close friends.  We look back, and look forward, and I try to allow each annual transition to be a conscious one.  It is my belief that being conscious of how we use this time and space greatly influences the quality of our life  journey forward.

  • How can you honor what’s ending, or the things that could be ending faster if you allowed them to?  What do you regret and how can you let that go?    I regret not being clear about the role diet plays in my health, and I allow 2012 to be a new beginning.
  • For what are you grateful in 2011 and how will you acknowledge that gratitude?  I am totally grateful for all those partners who, as a team,  contribute to my healing.  2011 has been a year of putting the right team together and reclaiming my energy.
  • How can you bring the clarity of your intentions to influence the trajectory of 2012?  Yesterday, I started something new, by sending out my very first newsletter. Thanks to my friend Lynn, who helped me.

When I pushed “send” to the first group, I dare to admit my surprise at the feelings of fear and vulnerability  I experienced.   (And for those of my community who haven’t received your own copy, it will be coming.)   Bottom line, my intentions for 2012 are to be useful to those women 50 and over, the healthy high performers who are sorting out what’s next for their lives, and who seek clarity for themselves.

The stated intentions of this clarity coach now reside in public space.  I’m committed.  Deeply committed.  And that, at least for the moment, was a little scary.

It’s a potent time of year.  Be present.  Be conscious.  Look both ways.

 

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

and next year’s words await another voice.”

T.S.Eliot


 


Take Five Minutes for You

A book title in the library caught my attention.   The 5-Minute Florist.  Not because I am a florist.  Neither am I a gardner nor an aficionado of arranging flowers.

Actually my first thought was, “Oh no!!  Not another way to do more with less, to condense all of pleasurable elements of life, or even the tedious elements, into the shortest amount of time possible.”

And then my mind jumped from 5 minutes as a theoretical “solution” to life in a time starved world, to a 5-minute–plenty of time opportunity–to give and receive.

After all, what we do have in our lives is the present moment.  In those moments we could take time to…..

  • sit and deeply breathe
  • smile and say hello
  • hug a tree, and a friend
  • wipe a counter and sweep the floor
  • bend and stretch and touch our toes
  • shed a tear
  • admire the sunset
  • hum a tune

Yes! Five minutes is plenty of time to bring a little order, a little joy, and a little peace to one’s surroundings.

Five minutes is also time enough for those not certain about what they love, to just notice what delights them.

What’s your favorite five- minute nourishment?  Post a comment and let me know.

Take time to be grateful

I got a surprise today.  An email that warmed my heart.  A number of months ago, I met a man at a library program on the poet Emily Dickinson. After the program, he and I chatted.  He had been writing poetry as an avocation since he was 12.  A knowledgable afficionado of Dickinson, he shared with me his dream to represent some of her well loved poems in haiku form.

Those of you who  know me by now, know that I get excited when someone tells me their dream.   Continue reading