By Roland Comtois
I’m not sure if you’re like many of the people I know. Some of us are very glad to see the end of 2015. It was a colossal and intensive year on all fronts. From the chaos of personal challenges that many individuals had to overcome to the disappointment of broken promises. Then we had to bear witness to the tragedies that unfolded across our country and around the globe. The year 2015 challenged even the gentle souls who hold truth, kindness and reverence for humanity.
As the bells toll at that fateful hour when one year greets another, it should be a gentle transition. It should be a celebration of opportunity that will cast its shadow over anything that proceeded it. We give in to forging ahead once again with hope and renewal as our mantra.
Fortunately, I believe that in life things happen for a reason and that these happenings hold some merit for personal and spiritual expansion. Sometimes we have no idea where life will take us until we’ve crossed a threshold into change. Sometimes it takes days to years, yet other times it takes minutes to understand the reasoning behind the changes, challenges, obstacles and detours.
As the New Year unfolds, it will be imperative that you move through the experience by gaining insight about yourself, the journey you’re on and the world in which you exist.
Here are some things for you to consider:
1. Spend some quality time being alone with yourself. On a daily basis designate a time and a place where you will reinvest in yourself. Sitting quietly helps to open your mind to more.
2. Resolve old issues. This is a great time to take an inventory of your emotional space. Allowing the new energy to be present. As you release old thoughts, feelings, disappointments, you make room for a new and brighter energy. Finding peace about old issues opens the door to a greater awareness to positive and uplifting happenings. Take a moment to reevaluate your relationships. Decide which ones support your mission and release those that do not.
3. Reconnect to your spirituality. By all accounts spirituality is a journey inward, discovering who, what, where, when, how you are. It is an inner exploration of finding the truth of self.
4. Make peace your companion. When peace becomes your companion, all the other emotions that causes distress hold no bearing on you. Peace, when experienced fully, opens the heart to more opportunities of growth and connections.
5. Serve others without obligation. One of the most important things you can do, is to give a part of yourself to another person. This exchange grants you permission to see who you really are. Serving another human being has been a time?honored, cherished experience that has lost some of its value not because we don’t care, but because we are busy, tired and often overwhelmed. Giving, free of obligation, creates an infinite breath of life.
6. Reinvest in yourself.
Take time to realign your dreams. Your dreams dictate your direction. Make decisions based on an intrinsic knowing about what and who you are. Take the traditions of your life and create a greater image of vision of your dream