It’s that time of year when we once again seek clarity around our intentions and goals for the New Year.
Where do you want to be in 12 months? In a new home? A new job? Will you learn a new skill? Maybe travel?
What do you want your family life to look like? Relationships? Your health?
In the past, it was easy for me to come up with a list of “to do’s” and create my intentions but it didn’t always work so well. I’d use my head, my intellect, to figure out my best plan going forward. That’s when the trouble would start.
In retrospect, I realize my goals often weren’t aligned with my values. For example, a core value for me is listening to the Divine within and leading a guided life. If I have an intention to grow my business, and I consistently get up and start work without doing my daily spiritual practice, I’m out of alignment. I may feel “too busy” for my practice and my ego could come up with a multitude of reasons why it makes sense to skip it…but it won’t work. At least not for long, in my experience. I won’t feel in flow, satisfied or on purpose.
When I’m out of alignment, things feel chaotic, I’m stressed, feel confused about my path and my plan is out the window.
Soon nothing feels like it’s working. And it’s not.
Here’s the secret to aligning to your values: tune into the wisdom of your heart first and be guided to set your year’s intention from there.
Oh, your ego won’t like it. There’ll be a fuss.
With practice and persistence, however, you’ll learn to return to your heart, where all your answers are waiting patiently.
It’s never too late. Never a good reason to give up. If you feel out of alignment, simply relax, forgive any perceived missteps, and begin again.
Setting intentions from the sacred space of your own heart naturally leads to alignment with your values and creates a path for you to thrive in this beautiful new year.
Let me know how the process works for you.
I wish you blessings of health, happiness, and much love in 2022 and beyond.