As the seasons change and the Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the US, there is a collective focus on acknowledging and giving thanks for what has been received. It is a wonderful opportunity to set aside physical time to reflect upon your year. Remember: giving voice to your changes helps integrate them more fully into your life. The tradition of sharing something you feel thankful for at the Thanksgiving celebration may have more to offer than you realized! There are always new dimensions to uncover and sharing can bring that forward for you.
Contained within the act of reflection is the space to allow something new to rise to the surface. Don’t rush it. Notice what pops into your awareness right away. Then pay attention to the thoughts that linger in the corners. Were there any opportunities that you missed? Reflection isn’t passive. You choose what has importance by the kind of thoughts you have about something. If there is a situation that was not to your liking, perhaps a change that caused disturbance, look for the ways in which your boundaries were stretched, where your perceptions shifted or when you embarked on a new direction.
As you reflect upon your changes so far this year, notice how you are different. What do you appreciate about who you are today?
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you through the weekend. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
You may want to share something from this process. Sharing can be an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It can lead you to deeper insight. It can stimulate action. Feel free to use this arena to share what moves you.