I spent the winter solstice arriving into Denver with my family, and when I emerged from the airport, I was greeted by a gorgeous full moon hanging low in the sky illuminating the snow covered mountains behind it. It was stunning, and the scene took my breath away. Not always do we get to experience a full moon on the longest and darkest day of the year, and there was something about it that felt special and hopeful, like a beautifully wrapped gift we didn't expect to receive. The promise of light appeared literally and figuratively before me, and it revealed newness and possibility.
Immediately, a quote by beloved meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg came to mind:
“It’s never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view. When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether it’s been dark for 10 minutes, 10 years or 10 decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.”
As we move into days of increasing light, we have an amazing opportunity to shine this gift of light brightly on where we are and what we’re filling our days, minds and bodies with. After celebrating my birthday a couple of days ago and in anticipation of the new year, I've been reflecting on my own patterns and habits, and I’m committed to looking at these things with clear eyes, an open mind and a kind heart. I acknowledge with delight the things that are working – moving my body daily, feeding myself loads of vegetables, snuggling often with my kids, making time for friend dates, and connecting deeply with my clients – and with gentleness and urgency the things that aren’t working so well – less than consistent meditation practice, irregular date nights with my love, a lack of playfulness and presence with my kids, and overextending myself by saying YES too quickly. As I/ we see these truths illuminated, we get to make the conscious choice to take a step forward into growth. Even though it can be incredibly challenging, we can finally start to experience the fullness of a life intentionally lived.
Oprah encourages us to “Step out of the history that is holding you back and into the new story you are willing to create,” and I love being reminded that we (and not our circumstances) are the authors here. It's about moving forward in a way that puts us in the driver's seat.
To support you on this newly illuminated wellness path, I'm excited to offer a new and improved Winter Cleanse January 7-16, co-teach a Spring Renewal Yoga Retreat with my lovely sister in the Catskills in May, and coach you to commit to movement and wellness this year. In 2019, let’s shine a light brightly on where we are, choose the stories we want to write/illustrate, and leap confidently in that direction. I’m right there with you along the way and wish you clarity, abundance, joy and light in 2019!