Waking up on the first day of a new year much like any other new year. I do not list short term resolutions that will be forgotten as quickly as they are made. Instead choosing some general principles for how I would like life to flow during the coming 526,560 minutes.
2015 brought some intense changes that took courage and planning and 2016 needs a continuation of that same courage. Much as the White-bell stands apart from the bluebells that surround it I must be true to the conviction that my chosen path is the correct one for my life to follow. Therefore I have chosen three areas of life to continue to develop during the year.
Work and Study
I will continue the balance of working as needed to bring money and free time for my living expenses and study. My ultimate goal in this area is that should my current work end I will have enough savings that I may not need to work until setting up my new business.
My study of homoeopathy remains the primary focus and I will complete my first year of study and move into an exciting second year understanding more of the practice of homoeopathy alongside anatomy, physiology and pathology. Approaching my studies with a thirst for knowledge and the realisation that I will be continuously learning and developing my knowledge for the rest of my life.
An area of expression that I have laid dormant for some time is my creativity. As I continue on my path I feel it is important for me to renew focus in this area. I am uncertain what form this will take, if I will return to my love of writing poetry or find new and interesting ways to bring forward what I feel on the inside. I have considered the possibility of extending Learning My Life Lessons into a VLOG format. Ultimately I will see where the wind takes me.
As I continue to learn about different aspects of healing it becomes even more important to better learn how to keep my own body in health. As I learn more about the practice, philosophy and nature of homoeopathy my part as a patient becomes greater. As important as this is to me it is only one facet of my contribution to maintaining my own health. The most important contributor I intend to evolve this year is dietary nutrition. The very fuel on which I run my being needs to be tuned correctly otherwise all else that comes is tainted.
The changes will be small and often moving towards a diet in tune with my blood type. Choosing foods that are beneficial to my health and avoiding those which detract from it. Establishing an improved base for my physical body to operate from I will also focus on engaging a good exercise regime. Something reduced by no longer walking to and from work on a daily basis.
As always I choose myself as the sole arbiter of my personal health. I am responsible for all choices made, therefore by extension, for any ill function and the remedy thereof.
In 365 days when I look back on this year I wish to be able to say that I continued to learn and grow, to experience joy in my work, study, leisure and creativity. That those around me continued to bring positive influence to my life, as I hope I bring to theirs. No lofty goals, just human ones. Life happens one moment to the next, be sure to enjoy and be proud of them all!
Contrary to my expectations I did not have a surge of time and updates following my last post. It is surprising how you can plan in minute detail and yet still be open to the ways in which our plans naturally change. So here’s what happened…
May saw me saying farewell to my job of twelve years, to my home of a year. Moving forwards (and ironically back at the same time) I returned home, closer to my parents and family. I had expected to be more emotional about this but everything flowed so well there was little time to dwell, the moving van arrived to whisk me away the day after I handed in my key card at work. In retrospect the whole operation was quite a bit of planning and I’m glad that it went as smoothly as it did.
June was largely a time of adjustment and remembering how to life in my flat. Taking a much needed breather to let go of the stresses I have been carrying around for many years. Then all to quickly it was time to start an unexpected part of the adventure. I had managed to secure a new contract job with a friend and successfully negotiated working terms that provided what he needed and also allowed the flexibility I wanted. Amazing how simple treating work as a business transaction and making it mutually beneficial can be!
I worked full time over the summer months and quickly began to truly enjoy and appreciate the new people I am working with. September brought me down to a three day working week, attend a lovely wedding for some good friends and start my studies at the South Downs School of Homoeopathy. Another place in which I am surrounded by amazing people that are caring, kind and passionate.
From then on I have been working to find the correct balance of Work, Study, Social, Computer Games, Housework and all the myriad things that we think about doing with our time. My success in balancing I believe is realising that balance will change and adapt to circumstances. Some weeks require more study due to a homework deadline and others allow more time for social and games. The key principle is to focus time and attention on one thing at a time…
So this lands us to now, December 31st, the last day of the calendar year. Safe to say the year did not unfold exactly as I planned. The important things all happened and the rest flexed to be what was required. I know that everything has happened as it should based on how easily events have flowed. I can exit 2015 with extreme gratitude for the inspiration that has guided me, the people that have supported me and for the satisfaction both have given me.
Well the sun has risen on this glorious New Year, again filled with possibilities. Many have already woken to find out what they can achieve with the next 365 days. Others still will be waking with sore heads and wondering what the year will do for them.
I believe the secret is in understanding that the New Year is not a force by itself. It is a catalyst and we ourselves apply the force. For better or for the same as last year we drive the change in our lives. Look for what you want, not what you want to be free of. Help yourself, don’t rely on other people or a mystical force to do it all for you, yet be open to perceptions that may guide you.
As I did last year I intend to start the year with a series of goals in mind. What better way to set your own tone for what you would like from the next twelve months! They are yours to do with as you please…
Firstly I am loving the new physical dimension I have made in my life in terms of personal fitness. I am committed to seeing more of the same this year. I will be participating in a number of cycling events and have a good friend along for the ride so that we can spur each other on. His blog can be seen here.
Secondly I would like to attain more balance in my life. Balance between work and life, balance between physical and spiritual, balance between what I would like for me and what I do for others. Balance is another key to maintaining the wonderful positive outlook I have been able to adopt and nurture. Again I have many wonderful friends that help mirror this back to me and those that don’t yet mirror it can only continue to see the example I set.
Thirdly I am going to spend more time meditating and self hearing to aid both of my goals above. This is an important grounding for me to build upon as I seek to do more and to maintain a clarity that doesn’t simply vanish on a challenging day. This will also help me to unfold and explore the ideas that I haven’t yet conceived of as the year presents me with opportunities that allow me to understand more than I do now.
Fourth I will nurture my courage. The courage to do things rather than avoid them. To take the path I would like to take rather than opt for the easy option. I did this last night by going to a friends house to see in the new year rather than simply stay at home where I had already nested for the evening.
Fifth I am going to train myself to be better at letting things go. I hold on to feelings, thoughts and possessions that no longer serve me as I am now. This year I will learn to effectively release these things back into the world with joy and love. Allowing the possessions to simply leave and be used again if possible but to depart regardless of their destination. I will endeavour to enter each new day free of any influences that may lead me to prejudge what is to come.
I wish everyone the best of 2013, go out and find what it has for you but be prepared to do something to get it. Most of us live in a world where we serve ourselves rather than have all things arrive on a silver platter.
As we enter the New Year it is a perfect time for reflection and hope.
Remember 2011, the times that were hard and the love that helped us through them. Also remember the times of joy and the love we felt in those moments.
As we enter 2012 accept that love is with us always, guiding us for our highest good. Accept that love is there when we are being tested to our limits, know that there is nothing with which we cannot cope.
In the times of plenty share the love believing that there is more than enough for everyone.
Love is ever-present embrace it always.