Tuesday, 1 January 2013

More Than A Feeling

As we step into a brand New Year, the air of excitement is both tangible and palpable as we open up to living more consciously and more vibrantly. The New Year is traditionally a time to set new resolutions for the path ahead, and this year, such resolutions feel even more significant than usual for the energy and dynamics of the power of intent has shifted exponentially. Of course, many resolutions are broken and forgotten before January has ended for they belong on the ‘should, must and to-do list of life’ and it is hard to put mind, body and soul into something that feels like a chore. Yet, we find it hard to resist the drive to chase being better, for that is a part of being human. 

Many of our goals and affirmations involve things to achieve and targets to meet and whilst these can bring us a sense of achievement, perhaps the most important affirmation that is so often overlooked is simply a desire to ‘be happy’ or to ‘live joyfully’. Such states of being are not quantifiable, for they move beyond ‘to do lists’ and suggest a willingness to focus on feeling rather than targets. When we let go of chasing those things that we believe can make us happy and instead focus on being happy, everything changes for the dynamic has shifted away from reaching out to the horizon for ‘completion’ and back to acknowledging that the horizon is already within us. 

So many of us have a ‘yes, but’ approach to life and frequently get lost in the tangles of: ‘once I have achieved x, then I can do y and live my dream’. Whilst this may be true on one level, it shifts our focus to a future state rather than the present state for we are looking away from this moment in time towards a distant goal. Yet, when we shift our intent back towards living joyfully and being happy, it is easier to let go of the need for quantifiable targets as our awareness opens up to living consciously in the moment and tapping into the abundant supply of love and happiness that is already available within. 

Of course, we can become lost and disconnected from this as layer upon layer of ‘stuff’ challenges us, and we adopt storylines and strategies to cope, and it is usually these that prevent us from allowing ourselves to feel fully, for we become locked in the chains of fear and doubt, unable to see a way forward or a path to peace. The more we struggle, the harder it becomes to be free, for the storylines take hold and shape and define all aspects of our lives. Yet, these storylines are not us; they do not make us who we are for we do that ourselves. Therefore if we break the cycle by opening up to the intent of feeling joyful or happy, we step beyond the storylines and begin to touch, taste and feel the power of Wholeness. 

Not only do we need to replace ‘should’ with ‘could’, but we need to let go of the myriad of different pressures that we place on our own shoulders through worry, fear, doubt and misplace beliefs. Of course, life still ticks along and we can never truly be sure what lies around the next corner, but by living consciously and vibrantly in the current moment, and focusing on feeling Whole, then we lose that sense of lack and finally open up to embracing All that we already Are. 

So, as 2013 begins, it seems prudent to take some time to connect to both the feeling, and the state of being, that we want to achieve on the path ahead; this goes beyond a visualisation to a more empowered and energetic space where we let go of the details and focus on the bigger picture of feeling and being Whole, complete and aware. This doesn’t mean that we should shelve our dreams; it simply suggests that we need to re-shape how we quantify those dreams. The time for being lost in the detail and the storylines is over, for we are ready now to embrace a brand new way of living and being...