If you'd like to create a wonderful year that is in alignment with your deepest desires, I invite you to use the meditation and journal questions below. You can read it through first and then let your mind travel there - or ask someone to read it to you while you get in a ralaxed state. However you access this, let it be your guide to find your way past the noise of the mind.
Let's relax, let go of our expectations, get out of our busy, chattering minds, and tune into something deeper. We’re going to get really quiet and listen for the whisperings of the soul, that which our hearts long for.
We want to come from a place of self-love and self-connectedness leaving all judgement and criticism behind. This will help you connect with your body, mind, and spirit and what you’re really wanting in this new year: the unity and harmony of your actions and your intentions.
Bring your awareness to your body in this moment. Feel your sitz bones on the chair and ground them down. Feel the crown of your head as if there is a string connected from it to the heavens. Feel the relationship between sitz bones and the top of your head, the relationship between earth and sky. Notice your focused attention and breathe relaxation into this focus. Soften your brow. Move your jaw from front to back and side to side. Open your jaw gently and then slowly let it close and invite any tension in your jaw to relax. Breathe in and raise your shoulders up to your ears, exhale and slowly let them release completely. Take a deep breath in and sigh it out.
Move your fingers and hands, making some circles, and shake out any tension in your arms. Take a deep breath in, right down into your core, relaxing your hips and legs, knees and calves, ankles and feet and toes. Notice your focused attention now coupled with relaxation. As we prepare to bring ourselves into the new year with intentionality, let’s attend to our bodies with focused attention along with deep relaxation.
Focus on your breath. Savor the inhale, luxuriate in the exhale. Breathe naturally without effort. Let the breath breathe you. Allow your breath to be the anchor that brings your mind back to right here and right now. And now as you relax your eyes even more deeply and open your heart even more fully, as you let your belly soften even more, let’s invite the turn of the season into our physical selves. The days have shortened in length, then the light begins to return, and the new year comes to us, wiping us clean, opening us to new beginnings.
Let’s use this time, this auspicious seasonal change, to open into the oneness of the body, mind, and spirit. Let the intention of your heart be in alignment with your actions. Let’s ask that this new year bring us the blessings of self-care, self-connectedness, self-compassion. So breathe and relax as we invite the turn of the year to allow us to feel in our hearts that which we want. Not so much wanting with our minds, in the effort of our minds, in the willfulness of our minds, but in the depth of our hearts.
So here’s the question, What is it that you are longing for from inside out, in this new year?
Listen to the silence of your own heart. What is it that you are wanting from you? What’s the most extraordinary gift you could give yourself? From inside out, turning down the volume of the mind, listen to the inner voice of the heart. Invite the wisdom of the body to speak to you. Let this intention come from the heart’s longing. What is your longing? Your next desires for yourself? As the light returns, as the new year unfolds, what are you wanting to give yourself? Let it emerge.
You contain all you need to. Any sense of lack you perceive within yourself is only a personality trait and not reflective of your true self. When faced with a decision about which direction to take, the best barometer is always your highest joy. What would represent your highest joy? When you follow the path of your highest joy, you are most closely aligned with your true essence, soul, or inner self.
What you’re wanting for yourself is a blessing. It’s a self blessing. It’s the ultimate gift from you to you. It represents the unity of your mind, and your body, and your heart. It holds in it the seeds of your growth and your unfolding. So what is it? What is it that you’re wanting for yourself? And as you bless yourself with the return of light, what will you do to move yourself in that direction? How will you create a living practice of your new year’s blessings?
Gently, come back into your breath now, wrap yourself up in the sacredness of this moment and let’s set an intention for the healing of our bodies, the quieting of our minds, and the opening of our hearts. And let’s request patience and tolerance. Patience and tolerance for the human dilemma, for ourselves as imperfect beings, for the divinity in all of us. You are equipped, you are able, one day at a time, to practice that divinity and that humanness. See your new year’s blessings filling you up, see yourself living the kind of life you choose, see yourself becoming who you really are.
And now slowly, as you are ready, become aware of the sounds around you. Become aware of your body resting on the chair. Be aware of your breath. And allow yourself to carry with you the essence of your deepest desires.
If you choose to, you can follow the meditation with this questions, and either reflect on them in your mind or write about them in a journal.
When you ask, what is my heart’s longing? What images, feelings, smells, tastes, sounds or ideas come to you?
If you are honest with yourself, what is the big dream that you can just barely acknowledge, but would make your heart sing with joy?
What do you need to let go of to allow space for your true desires to come into being?
Wishing you a most wonderful New Year filled with all you truly desire!