Do you ever take time to pause and reflect on the past year?
Our global pandemic has sent each of us into a different year than we had anticipated. Let’s learn from it and set our course for next season.
I find the days between Christmas and New Years the perfect time to look back over the last year. Sometimes I let memories surface. Often, I re-read my journal recalling the highs and lows of the year. After the bustle of Christmas gift giving, this reflection time is a gift to myself, to my soul, to my spiritual growth. You can take an hour, a morning, a day, or several times over the week. Whatever time you take, will be a gift to yourself….and need I say it …you deserve it. We are meant to live fully and that requires us to continue to grow spiritually which calls for some effort. So sure, I sometimes set intentions for the new year, but more frequently and more successfully I reflect on what has been, what I’ve experienced, what I’ve learnt – all things that will change my soul’s shape as I move into the new year. And I know as I change and become healthier, I help the world as well, for I relate differently to those around me.
Be in your quiet place, breath deeply, releasing your tensions and busyness, be present to yourself and One who created you……
- What word or phrase best describes the past year?
- What were some of your moments of insight?
- Recall a time of joy, contentment or peace, a time when you felt connected to the bigger whole, connected even to God.
- Recall a wise person you met during the year. What did you learn from them? How have they shaped you?
- Recall a time of constraint, of sorrow, of disappointment. What have you learned from that time?
- Take time re-read your journal asking the Spirit to show you what you need to harvest from this past year.
- Again ….in a word or phrase, what is your deepest learning from the past year?
- And looking forward….What is your longing for the coming year? Your greatest fear? Your supports? How is your relationship with the One who created you?
To live well and experience spiritual growth, it’s necessary to examine our lives, engaging in purposeful introspection, not wallowing, but observing and loving ourselves, knowing that we are beloved children of our loving God.
May you receive the gifts that are waiting for you this week.
Love and prayers
Mystic in Motion
Companion on the Way with Contemplative Fire
Contemplative Fire Canada, Founder
Society Member of Shalem Institute for Contemplative Living
Companion on The Rivendell Way