What Lights You?

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It is just a few days now till we experience the shortest amount of daylight, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere. And this year, it will occur within about two-and-a-half hours of a new moon — talk about dark!

Solstice coincides with holy days that inspire us to kindle lights — Hanukkah menorahs; Christmas lights on trees, houses or in windows; Kwanzaa candles; wood burning stoves and fireplaces lit for warmth, both literal and communal.

There is also a drive to be lit from within. To know what really lights us up and then act on that. It can be as simple as a cup of your favorite tea and a book, or as complex as creating packages and delivering them to shelters and food banks as you move through overly full days.

This season can be harsh, even in its directives to be merry and happy. Some feel the loss of loved ones more acutely as gatherings are planned. Some don’t have large gatherings to attend and wish they did — others feel pushed to attend parties and celebrations when they’d rather be home hibernating.

It’s rarely as straightforward as it seems.

This week, I urge you to be the light that you seek. Let the prompts below become a beam that will lead you through this darkest, most sacred time.

Prompt #3 — What lights you from within? How can you cultivate and spread more of that light, in even the smallest ways? Are you happiest offering it to others, or is there a deep comfort that comes from holding it and basking in the glow of your own sweet fullness?

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What Moves You?

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It’s good to pay attention to what gets you into motion, and what place stillness plays — or not — in that dance.

There’s often a whirl of motion that’s put into place around this time — holiday parties, shopping for those just right (or at least not-all-wrong) gifts, offering time at a local charity for those whose holidays may not be so merry.

Sometimes it feels effortless and joyful (don’t we love that?) Other times it’s more like a merry-go-round that becomes a perpetual motion machine and keeps going until someone throws the lever to the off position (meaning you get sick, or break your toe as you’re rushing around, or otherwise come to an unhappy, sudden, unplanned stop).

How do you want your ride to feel over these next 3 weeks?

What motions can you take control over, and how can you keep from spinning too quickly?

Continuing on last week’s theme of year end meditations, contemplate the prompt below, preferably in writing. Sometimes the best, most unexpected stuff comes out when we take some time to apply pen to paper and let loose for 5 or 10 minutes.

Prompt #2 — What type of motion feeds your soul? Where in your life do you get to pay close attention to the rhythms and flows that weave your days together? What place does stillness play in all of this? Please share your insights with us here!

Stitching Together A New Year

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Are you as surprised as I am that we’ve come to the end of another year already? There’s always something a little shocking about turning the page to December, even though you know it’s coming right after November. Funny, that!

People are starting to write articles and blogposts about visioning into the new year. I am currently taking part in Quest 2015, 12 Days With 12 Visionaries to Imagine Your Best 12 Months. It’s being offered by the wonderful writing/business/creativity mentor Jeffrey Davis, who was kind enough to read and offer me a heartfelt book endorsement (proudly shared on the back cover).

One day into this quest, and it’s already giving me much food for thought.

Yes, there is something about the turning of the calendar year that naturally brings out our introspective nature. Not to mention our desire to wrap things up and start with a clean slate.

I’ve never been a big one for New Year’s resolutions. They seem more like a recipe for disaster than true motivation. Yet we all desire to improve on some level:

~eat more life-force illuminating foods.
~deepen our connection to our soul or our Creator.
~express our needs more clearly, both to ourselves and others.
~share our gifts and talents through creative endeavors — writing, painting, gardening, serving the hungry and disheartened.
move our bodies more regularly and with greater ease.

How do we do that without making some declaration, even if just to ourselves? How are our declarations and intentions bolstered by sharing them with friendly, like-minded others who are also declaring their own?

That’s why I’ve been inspired to start a challenge, a quest of my own to share with you. Over the next few weeks of posts, I will pose a prompt to get you thinking (and hopefully writing, even if just in your own journal) about how you want to feel and act in the new year.

Allow yourself to really sink in; let them move you to uncover something new or perhaps forgotten within your heart and soul.

Prompt #1 — What would change in your relationship with your body if you only came from a sense of deep self-love and joy? Please share your thoughts below¬†so we can inspire and support one another..

And remember, life is strung together one stitch, one act, one moment at a time. May you make as many as possible from a place of awakened aliveness.