Instead of long lists of new year’s resolutions detailing all the to-do’s on what I should be doing or how much better life will be once xyz happens, I continued with my tradition of imagining forward, of gathering images from a few of my favorite magazines that evoke a certain energy that I want to bring into the new year with me—some call it a vision board, others a dream collage, I like to call it imagining forward. This year I am imagining forward with keen attention to mother earth, to gracefully peeling away layers instead of stubbornly holding on, to giving more and taking less, and to really figuring out what it means to “never stop unlearning”. Figuring out how to unlearn the destructive stories we’ve all been told again and again, by the media, the mainstream, and even more difficult, learning how to unlearn the destructive stories I’ve told myself, possibly without even realizing the same story I’ve played in my mind over and over again. Figuring out how to unlearn the patterns and behaviors, conscious and unconscious, that I have set in motion, day after day, month after month, year after year; patterns and behaviors that have built walls, hurt feelings, and shut down emotions.
This year, may the Earth be my guide in the unlearning process…
Dear sweet Mother,
May your ocean remind me of my own depths, and the depths of others; may it always serve as a reminder to be Kind
May the sun bring warmth to my heart and to every cell in my Being, even in the coldest of days, may your warmth radiate inwards and outwards
May your trees give me courage to stand tall and wisdom to stay rooted
May the skies and the stars reveal to me the infinite and always bring me to my knees in humility
May your flowers teach me grace and beauty through all of life’s cycles— birth, death, and rebirth
May your mountains protect me, your rivers guide me, and your lakes be my place of refuge
Dear sweet Mother, may your resilience and forgiveness teach me how to be resilient in the most difficult times and forgiving of others even when least deserving.
May we all learn from you and always be guided by your boundless Love.
Here are the quotes I am imagining forward in 2014:
“Each of us feels some aspect of the world’s suffering acutely. And we must pay attention. We must act. This little corner of the world is ours to transform. This little corner of the world is ours to save.” -Stephan Cope, from the great work for your life
“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some idea we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” – Steven Presfield
“My mom used to say that every day that goes by that you don’t touch the earth, you are not really alive.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“The real juice of life, whether it be sweet or bitter, is to be found not nearly so much as in the products of our efforts as in the process of living itself, of how it feels to be alive.” –George Leonard
“Never stop unlearning” –unknown