OK. Break’s Over!

I don’t know about you, but for me the time between Yule and New Year’s is liminal – a between time, a transition between the old and new. It’s a strange (and welcome) break from the ordinary routine, a time to spend with family and catch up on projects (and hopefully sleep).

For me, it’s also a time to start planning the coming year.

As always, though, the break goes by MUCH too quickly. Either that, or I have unrealistic ideas about what I can accomplish in a given amount of time. Nah. That couldn’t possibly be the case. 😉

Regardless of whether I am ready for it or not, the break is over. I’ve already been back to work for a couple of days. Classes resume this week at the Seminary, and I still have classes to teach. Rehearsals are about to start for Spring Mysteries. I have several sweater coats in progress, and a couple more to get started on.

The interlude from Sting’s song St. Augustine in Hell keeps going through my mind:

You’re not alone. You’re never alone, not here you’re not. OK… break’s over!

~Sting, St. Augustine in Hell

2014 was challenging in a lot of ways for almost everyone I know. You’re not alone. I’m just as glad that it’s over as anyone else.

I don’t really have any illusions that 2015 is going to be any less challenging. I have a lot of hopes – that there will be more positives this year, that the hard work from last year will pay off with lots of rewards this year, that kind of thing. I’m still an optimist.

Just like in a video game, though, the challenges get more difficult each time you level up. Honestly, how much fun would it be if everything were suddenly easy? Sure, it would be relaxing for the first little while. And then it would get boring really quickly. Then paranoia would set in (at least for me) – when is the down side going to happen?

The challenges make the rewards all the sweeter.

It’s important to take a break, and assess. Choose your direction with intention. What do you want to accomplish this year? If you don’t choose, the Universe will choose for you. Do you want to look back at the end of the year and wonder how you got there? Or do you want to look back and say, I did it!

Yep. Break’s over. It’s time to get back to work. I have a lot to accomplish this year.

Blessings,

Mary

PS. Not sure what direction you’d like to take in the New Year? Listen to Finding Your Purpose Guided Meditation. Or, if you already know where you want to go, listen to Planting the Seeds Guided Meditation to get a good start on the new year.

I AM a Powerful Manifestor!

I just got back from my water aerobics class.  This isn’t really big news, I know.  But it is for me, because the pool was supposed to close for renovations last Friday.

Almost three weeks ago, I sat down with a couple of friends to set some goals for ourselves for the rest of the month.  I introduced them to Raymond Aaron’s Monthly Mentor goal setting program.  I don’t make any money from endorsing this program; I just believe it is an excellent system for making progress toward your goals.

I haven’t used it myself in quite some time.  So it was good for me to introduce it to my friends, and have others to support and be supported by in moving forward. One of the goals I set for myself was to start going to water aerobics again.  I set myself a goal of  attending a minimum of two classes, a target of three classes, and my outrageous goal for myself was attending five classes.  I thought I had three weeks to acheive this.

Then I found out that the pool was closing June 25th for maintenance and renovations.  So I had only two weeks to acheive my goal! I made the comment several times that I was disappointed that just as I was getting back into going to the classes, the pool was closing and I would not be able to keep up the momentum I was creating for myself.  I pushed myself in my schedule, and I managed to get to five classes in two weeks!

At class last Friday morning, it was announced that the pool would be open for four more weeks.  The architect needed more time.  The fitness schedule would be quite limited, but the deep water class I attend is on at the time I prefer to attend, and on the three days of the week I attend.

However indirectly, I told the Universe that I wanted to continue with water aerobics, and the Universe provided the opportunity for me!

This isn’t the only experience I have had of manifesting I have had recently, but it is one of the most obvious.  What I observe about myself in this situation, is that I did not directly ask the Universe to keep the pool open.  I took action, going to the deep water class at every opportunity in my schedule.  I enjoyed the feeling of working out, and I expressed disappointment at the thought of not continuing.

I find I am often challenged in the manifestation process by not taking action, or by getting stuck in the feeling of what I don’t want.  Or I manifest unconsciously.  I don’t always consciously choose what I want to create in my life.  Between The Peaceful Woman’s Inspired Living Coaching series, and getting back into utilizing the MAINLY goal setting system, I am working on becoming more conscious of being a co-creator of my life.  I am creating my reality in alignment with my intentions and desires.  I AM a powerful manifestor, and I am so grateful!

What tools do you use to set goals and stay focused on your visions?

Blessings,

Mary

Quiet Time in a Busy Life

This past week has been even busier than usual for me. I’ve been helping three different friends with their websites in addition to my regular routine of audio editing, a full time job and three children. I’m not complaining, mind you.  I am glad I have skills to help my friends!  And though I may be tempted from time to time, I wouldn’t trade my children for anything.

Making space for quiet time was shuffled to the bottom of my ‘to do’ list, though, and I definitely felt the effects.  I was run down, exhausted, and my body was achy.  I knew it was because I wasn’t taking care of myself, and not because of any ‘bug’.  I was sleeping in instead of getting up and moving my body.  I sat in front of my computer, stiffening up. I worked on my computer straight up until I had to leave for work, then took half the day getting myself grounded again.

So I spent yesterday taking better care of me.  I slept in, and spent some time with my husband.  I read to my children.  I bounced on the trampoline.  I did the laundry and started cleaning up my work space. And I got some of my own projects completed that were pushed to the side last week.

And this morning, I got up early and did my yoga practice for the first time in weeks!  I focused on breathing love for the entire time.  Each time my mind wandered, I gently brought it back to I AM…LOVE.

Right now, the dishwasher is churning away, my youngest son is fighting battles with imaginary storm troopers, and there is a box full of papers I need to sort through on the floor next to my chair.  Instead of becoming anxious about this, though, I cam calm.  I can tune out the space battle, and turn down the pressure on myself to get to that box.  Why?  Because I started the day with yoga and meditation.  I began on the right foot: with calm and intention, and that carries me through the day.  I created the quiet inside myself, and so I become the eye of the storm.

Now, I think I’ll go bounce on the trampoline for a few minutes before I tackle that box!  A little fun makes life much more enjoyable, too!

Blessings,

Mary