Let it be. That's my mantra for 2014. Each year I wrap up the 12 months behind by reading through my journals and doing a recap. In these later years I have two other traditions. I make a SoulCollage® card and an art journal page welcoming the new year.
It took me two days to create this SoulCollage card, but this morning I finally and thoughtfully took the time.
I am the one who takes time at year-end to recap what was and then I create a welcome new year card. At age 76 I have some anxiety about what the next year might bring, but who doesn't? I am also the one who learned from Jim Finley years ago to have the courage to fall into the abyss with trust. I was on a meditation retreat at La Casa de Maria in Montecito, a favorite place of mine, when I heard this and incorporated it into daily life. Thank you, Jim. With unrelenting gratitude I welcome 2014 and all the experiences ahead knowing my life is in divine order. Thank you, Donna Anding, for giving me that divine order affirmation so many years ago when I was going through breast cancer treatment.
Question: I want to be open to new teachers, thought and experiences this year, and I can be so wrapped up in day-to-day life and habits that I don't always recognize them. I find too much comfort in isolating these days. I know this question has to be open ended so you can't answer yes or no. What are some of the ways I can be open to newness when it appears and how can I calm my fears of change when it comes?