It’s that time again, a new calendar year is upon us. The last few years I’ve gotten into the habit of dreaming and goal setting for the new year. What do I want to accomplish? Where do I see myself in one year’s time? What are the challenges or bad habits that I want to overcome this year and what will I replace those bad habits with?
You Might Discover Something Old
As we go about our daily lives, we can sometimes forget about dreams we once had. Either someone told us they were impossible or we told ourselves it would be a waste of time and energy to pursue. Our day to day thinking keeps us from exploring deeper into the “back rooms” where we’ve put things on hold. Maybe we have a calling or a force within us wanting to come forth and make itself known.So why not spend some time Dreaming? Dreaming of what you’d like to do, to see, to experience? Ask yourself, what do I want to experience more of in my life? And here’s the trick: Wait for the answer. And when you get an answer, wait for the next one. Dreaming involves using our brains differently than when we think. And if thinking is all you do, then you’re missing a great source of inspiration and meaning.
Fuel for the Fire
When we connect with that dream, it comes to us not only through thought, but also through imagination and through feeling. Some of us may feel drawn forward towards the dream and some of us will feel like we hit a roadblock. We tell ourselves all the reasons why the dream can’t happen and that we’re foolish for even thinking about it. In order to overcome the obstacles, we can find sources of energy to help leverage our dream becoming a reality; Sources of energy like will, power, curiosity, love and gratitude. These all can help fuel us and make us feel emboldened, focused and resourceful.
What I’m Grateful For
If I am to believe people on social media, 2016 was a horrible year. I’m not so sure about that. In fact, for me, it was a banner year. By banner, I mean, it was the first year of my life where my body, emotions, mind and soul were harnessed and focused as one in the pursuit of my dreams and goals. I’ve never worked harder in my life and as “bad” as that might sound, it’s really not. “The Secret” tells us that whatever we think can become a reality. What it forgets to mention is all the blood, sweat and tears you need to spend in order to make your reality happen.
One of the ever-present sources of energy and inspiration this year for me has been Gratitude.
I am grateful for being guided through this year, having been able to see all the synchronicities (or at least some of them) that helped me know I was on the right path.
I am grateful for Magdalena and for how she supports me (more of which I discovered this year).
I am grateful for my family and friends, for their support, encouragement, advice and most importantly, their love.
I am grateful for all my patients and practice members, they are truly wonderful teachers and a pleasure to work with daily.
I am grateful for where I live, in my neighbourhood, community and country. With everything that’s gone on outside of Canada this year, it’s easy to see increasingly reasons for being grateful.
As the new year begins, spend some time dreaming up what you’d like this coming year to be like. There are plenty of people and organizations that will tell you what it should be like, but you, what do YOU want it to be like? Are there any unexplored dream potentials in your “back rooms”?
If you don’t dream it, then life just happens.