Do you really want 2022 to be different from 2021? Well, it can be if you’re prepared to take these three steps:
Or, in other words, RELEASE, SET YOUR INTENTIONS, and TAKE ACTION!
And what do each of these steps involve? Here is what they look like for me:
Release simply means to take a look (with compassionate curiosity) at what it is in my life that doesn’t really serve me anymore. What is it that, deep within, I know is getting in the way of my being able to experience life as I’d like it to be?
I’ve already taken that step as preparation for my own new experience in 2022 and I’m setting the tone for the experience by writing and sharing this blog with you! Have you taken your own preparatory steps yet? If not, ask yourself why not? And if you are coming up with ready answers as to why you can’t, ask yourself another question: Is it really true? I’m sure many of you recognize where I’m going with the questions…an old standby practice laid out in Byron Katie’s “The Work.” If you aren’t familiar with it, I encourage you to go out to YouTube and watch any of the many videos she has out there. If you work through the simple steps she offers, you’ll find it easier to “own” what’s blocking you from being able to accomplish the release step and move on to the next one. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention one of my own books, Embracing Change, which was just published this past year, for it too offers readers an opportunity to discover what may be blocking their way from realizing their dreams and desires.
SET YOUR INTENTIONS. How would you like the year 2022 to look in your life, specifically, but also in the world around you? Because you do have a choice. You do have a voice in the matter, and your “voice” matters and will make a difference in the world!
We all need some support in order to accomplish this step with GOoD results (notice the play on words!). And that support is within every one of us, but we must become still and listen for the “still, small voice” of Spirit/God and ask our Higher Selves, that spark of the Divine within, to guide us. And when we begin to subsequently hear the answers coming into the awareness of our conscious minds, we can choose to tap into some of the powers within us. Faith, Strength, Power, Wisdom, and Imagination, to name just a few. For these will carry us through the completion of this step and ready us for the next and final step.
TAKE ACTION. It is not enough to recognize where we may be getting in our own way and even being able to define and voice “how we’d like things to be” isn’t enough either. We must take action and step out in Faith knowing “God has our back.” And, quite honestly, we likely won’t really “know” that until we have let go of the reins and are willing to follow the inner guidance, trust the process, and see what happens, being reminded to live our coming days as much in the present moment as we can, so we are present to the opportunities that may be right in front of us, there to support the next step and the next.
When we find ourselves slipping back into entertaining old, false patterns of thinking, our awareness of this is also our opportunity to stop, shift, and choose a different thought, one that moves us in the direction of our intentions, in how we’d like to be and toward how we want to experience and see 2022.
When we are able to keep to these practices on a daily basis for an extended period of time (some claim it takes 21 days for us to fully establish a new pattern of behavior and thinking and more recently I was told it take 66 days). In my view, we only need concern ourselves with TODAY and be satisfied with “knowing about” God having our back until there comes a time when we can truthfully claim to “Know” it. For me, I’m really okay with “knowing” some things and recognizing others are things I only “know about.” Those are the areas of my thinking and behaving (or not behaving!) I am still working on and get to say, “Silly me! There I go again!”
Here’s wishing you all a wonder-filled 2022, one where you experience a new level of joy, love, abundance, and prosperity in mind, body, and spirit, and one where you can know you are making a difference in the world around you, just by BEing the best you can be!
Love & Light, Steven