January 2015 Newsletter – Wishing You Inspiration and Courage for the New Year

In years past I always feel as if I’m leaving the year with my heels dug in and useless arguments for not being ready to move into the next year. I’m more at peace this year about the seamless transition from December 31st to January 1st.

I noticed an article in the paper about organizing—clearing the clutter.  After Christmas decorations were put away this year I purposely only returned part of the usual decorations to my living areas. The sparseness is pleasing and calming. The article suggests that if you declutter ten minutes a day that it amounts to 60 hours in a year, making the task less daunting.

My thoughts then went to meditation. Ten minutes a day of decluttering my mind can also allow me a more pleasing and calming mental process. In clearing the clutter, mentally and physically, I am allowing more light and more space in preparation for the year ahead. As the year unfolds I am striving to enter each day with a clear slate to better examine each unknown in more light and fearlessness.

I am, however, already wanting for Spring. On these recent days of snow piled higher and higher outside my home I find myself repeating out-loud: “Come-on, Spring!  I’m done with winter driving and cold temperatures!”

A book I received for Christmas provides daily inspiration, and while thumbing through this gift I paused by words with which I strongly resonated. This writing, meant for a day in Spring, delivers a powerful analogy to entering a new year:  All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see.

Everything around us surrenders to a process that we can’t see, and yet this surrender allows everything to break ground to the light. “In nature, we are quietly given countless models of how to give ourselves over to what appears dark and hopeless, but which ultimately is an awakening that is beyond all imagining. This moving through the dark into blossom is the threshold to God.”*

Inspiration comes in many ways. Be ready to experience your year with daily inspiration. Listen for it. Look for it. Open your heart to it. Let inspiration ease you into and out of each day as you also enter and close each day with gratitude for this amazing process and ability to bloom.

“There is no where the morning does not go.”  –Leah Hagen Cohen

*The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo