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...
I wasn’t the bravest kid in school. I was the “good girl” who followed directions but seldom rocked the boat. I don’t enjoy rough waves, disagreeable conversations or being in unpleasant situations.
But here I am.
While it’s easy to talk “love and light” to my “spiritual” friends, I have noticed my reluctance to be around those who think differently. Or those who – often loudly – spout ideas I find frightening. And I realized something.
That’s not love. At least not the kind of love I’m here to live.
The Oneness I believe in includes everyone. Every. One. Those of all beliefs, opinions, viewpoints, perspectives, spiritual practices, and individual preferences.
How can I teach the virtues of Oneness and hide from what my ego fears could be unpleasant encounters? I can’t.
So I’ve committed to stay in conversation with family, friends, colleagues, everyone who comes into my world. Not to...