Winter Solstice 2016: 12 months of intention.

There's always a sigh of relief, in the Northern Hemisphere, when Winter Solstice comes & goes. We all, literally, run for the cliche light at the end of the tunnel. The sun starts stretching after long rest, Yule is upon us, & the excitement of the New Calendar Year gets us ready for what's next.

Human's love the what's next.

We boast declarations of becoming anew & a plethora of gym subscriptions are purchased & immediately forgotten, but the season never fails our giddy, excited selves. Even those who don't consider themselves festive allow themselves to get a little swept up by this promise. Because maybe, just maybe, this year actually could be different. 

It's all about intention. 

& it doesn't have to be as complicated or difficult as we may expect (or make it). 

Let me show you how. It's magic. Simple, pure, magic.

The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old,
but on building the new. ~Socrates 

But here's the catch:

You have to follow these steps in order, without reading ahead, or it won't work. You only need about ten minutes (really more like five), a pen, paper, & quiet space.

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If you're ready.

  1. On your paper write the numbers 1 to 12 on their own individual lines, going down the page (like you would a list).
  2. Settle yourself somewhere quiet. Close your eyes & take a big inhale. Exhale with a sigh. This isn't going to be a quacky meditation (though those are great too) but it's important to get grounded & to create space for yourself here. Next, take ten big breathes through your nose (mouth closed). Count to five on each inhale & each exhale, making them as level & as even as possible. Pause a moment at the top & bottom of the breath. If you've had a hard day (week, year, decade), you make need to do more. Be receptive to your needs & offer yourself the space to honour them.

 

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     3. What I'm about to say is important so read twice if you need! Do not over analyze this next step! I know you & I know many (most) of you are going to resist this with all your might. Don't. You'll ruin it.

      4. Remembering step two, write something on each line you'd like to bring into your life. You can either do an action ie loving/laughing or a feeling love/happiness or what have you, but don't think about it. Just write whatever comes to mind. It's just for you & believe me when I say, you can't to this wrong. I promise. Don't torture yourself. It's fun. It's beautiful. So get out of your head. If you don't feel you can do this without the brain getting in the way, spend some more time on step two.

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     5. Starting on first line (beside your word) write 'January' (or whatever the following            month is after you do this), second line 'February' & so on.

     6. As each new month approaches, go back to your list & consider the ways you can          cultivate the coming theme. Reflect back on the previous theme & all the ways you experienced the intention. I suspect you'll surprise yourself in the ways they came about. 

Happy Yule XO!