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When Zeenat, the author of Positive Provocations and the lovely guide of RAOKA, suggested the February theme of “New Beginnings” I wondered how I would write about this theme. For me, each day is a new beginning. Each moment within that day is a new beginning. I am the creator of my moment, and– by intentionally investing energy into all that is whole, fresh, and pure– I am allowing for golden energy to create with. I am allowing my life to be as magical as it can possibly be.
However, January happened. I was personally hit by a rogue wave of transformation in January. To best process this rogue wave, I put my self into a self-directed retreat around my work schedule. If I had excess income, I would have taken off of work. This retreat was that important to me, for my overall health and energy is important in what I create and allow for in my life. I wrote about the results of my retreat in this essay Self-Love Series: Create Abundance. Two days ago, I emerged from this retreat, a “new” fresh, whole *me*. A New Beginning! I love the Universe humor! I could not figure out how to write about a new beginning, so I chose to live it:)
In our society, January 1st signifies a new year; thus, a new beginning. Our birthday symbolizes a new birth year; thus, a new beginning. We celebrate anniversaries: our first kiss, our first day of employment, our first dollar earned, our first sunset sail (*grin*..okay in my life!), our first piano lesson, our first (insert your first here)..all new beginnings. I choose to live mindfully Aware of this moment, so I choose to celebrate the moment I am in, but I completely understand celebrating firsts. The celebration of a first reminds me of unlimited potential, bliss, possibility, wonder, awe, delight….*Anything* can happen, truly anything..and you use that feeling, that momentum, that energy to inspire you to allow abundance to fill your heart and to create everything possible with that energy and abundance. And then..well, then..something “happens” and the glow is gone, the bliss fades, and the pleasure of creating is ho-hum..the fiftieth piano lesson is more of a chore than a pleasure..the millionth kiss is to keep peace rather than to express love..I think we’ve all felt something extraordinary morph into ordinary. Where did the joy at the new beginning go? How did I allow extraordinary to slip between my fingertips?
When I choose to live mindfully Aware of this moment, then in the above examples, each kiss is like my first kiss because I am in love and expressing that love, delighting in kissing..my pleasure to give and to receive..lights up my heart, my toes, my life! Each kiss is its own new beginning. Perhaps this is a different way of approaching life, but I will share with you that mine is a life of delight because I open my heart to allow everything to be extraordinary to me! My gazillionth day of employment fills me with as much joy as my first..and if it does not, it is because somewhere along the way I have compromised my heart whisper–perhaps stayed at my job position out of fear or obligation rather than pleasure. It is within my power to change that..so that each day of employment is a joy..whether I change my perspective by making a gratitude list so that my heart fills with pleasure even if my external stays the same, or I change my position to better align with my internal values..it is within my power to allow my job to be a joy.
As it is within my power to allow each moment of each day that I am here on Earth to be a new beginning–to be a moment so rich, textured, multi-colored–full of all that my heart desires it to be full of. Not desire as in basic wants..but desire as in genuine heart whispers. This moment right now is a new beginning, do I treat it with reverence and care, or do I allow it to pass in a flurry of clutter, activity, “filler”…
I want to share with you a short story that just happened. At my work, I wear a lanyard with a coded key that allows me to enter each unit of the hospital and one key that clatters and bangs against it when I step with speed or verve. Sometimes the clanking of that key just plain bugs me, most of the time I tune it out. However, one day last week, the clanging redirected my attention enough that I decided I could no longer tolerate it..so I looked at the key. I found it to be an elevator key that opens the door to OR. This key is about one year old, and no longer useful because the locks have changed. So, I threw it away. This week, I was given a new OR key to go along with my new position in OR. A position that just ‘fell into my lap’ and the key was handed over effortlessly to me..
Here is my thought: What do I cling to, even sometimes if it annoys me, no longer works, or plain just doesn’t fit..all because I am used to it? In my life, what is the key that needs to be tossed to effortlessly make room for that which is new, different, and better fitting? I can give you a long list of why this OR position is a blessing to me…huge relief and great joy flood my being when I think of how the quality of my work life has just greatly improved..effortlessly. How many months I counted minutes until my shift was over, came home burnt out, exhausted, less than joy filled..and how the moment I threw away that key..a new key appeared. Without my asking..without my pursuing. An answer to one of my heart whispers..
A new beginning..
To read Zeenat’s RAOKA article, to join RAOKA, or to read the other member’s articles, please click this link Simple Ways to Have New Beginnings Everyday.
This month of February the theme of my blog will be “embrace simplicity”..I am very humbled to share in this adventure with you:)
May you find the courage to embrace a new beginning within your own life..