This is the time of year some of us beat ourselves up! New Year’s resolutions invite us to focus on our perceived failings, don’t they? We boldly commit to new behaviors with determination to work harder and longer, be stronger and do better. It is no wonder most people fail so quickly. We haven’t gone to an effective source for growth—our own inner wisdom and guidance. You can make it easier on yourself while improving all aspects of your life.
We, as conscious beings, are aware that we are aware of ourselves. More often we seem to use this ability to think thoughts that lead to suffering like worry and regrets, yet we can also use this awareness to discover new sources of happiness! With our consciousness, we are aware of our bodies, our emotions, and our judgments. As we grow in awareness, raising our consciousness, we find more and more that we are the director of our life’s play.
If we “resolve” to raise our consciousness as opposed to making a list of resolutions, we are on a path to create balance and wellbeing in all areas of our lives. Our decisions become more in alignment with what is truly in our own and other’s best interest, whether it is financial, health related or career path. And we have built-in guidance which becomes evident as we learn to pay attention. Still make those lists of intentions and desires but with the expectation of being given the steps.
Every thought, event, object, plan, desire, news story, idea, sensation, and emotion stirs a corresponding reaction within us that is registered in our bodies. It can be reduced to a feeling of either expansion or constriction. So the simplest path to our growth, purpose, happiness and accomplishment is listening with awareness.
You can’t stop evolving when you create the habit of listening to your body, your thoughts, and your inner being; and not only listen, but use this information to make decisions, big or small. We have all had the experience of realizing we knew when a decision we were making wasn’t the best idea but we went ahead anyway. Once we focus on raising awareness, we inevitably make wiser, more beneficial decisions.
This is the year of raising consciousness. Expect wisdom to grace your life. Go for what expands you, pay attention to what is before you now, move toward what opens your heart, lifts your spirit and fosters your growth.
This will also protect you from the tumultuous year this will be for some. As the old patterns fall away we will all be shedding the toxic old emotional gestalts and beliefs, and those who resist this will feel more pain. When you are conscious and aware, you can observe this happening in you and be present with it, allowing it to pass through.
To accelerate this process in you, spend time alone in meditation or prayer. Developing a good daily practice of going inward, finding balance and peace, will allow your consciousness to rise as easily as a cork bobbing to the surface of water and you will carry that stability throughout your day.
A big part of my teaching is financial health and I know many of you desire this. Know that it is just an idea away. The actions you will take from an expansive place will move you toward this and you will see what is required next. I and other coaches are ready to support you here. You will find the information you need.
Changing the world is all about changing one individual at a time. We, together, create the mass consciousness that will foster a better world for everyone.