New Year’s Eve always fills me with mixed emotions. Actually, it fills me with the should’ves and could’ves. Over time and with lots of practice, it’s better. Those voices are not nearly as loud as they were when I started this journey. This year, they seem to have piped up a bit, though. It’s been a while since I’ve sent out a newsletter or properly tended my website. 2015 brought with it an unexpected surgery that took me totally out of the game for almost 2 months. That seemed to be the kickoff for a chain of events that, while I couldn’t control any of them, certainly challenged me and my yoga practice every day. I’ve said often that my yoga practice happens off the mat way more than on, and this year was no exception.
As I have for the last several years, I’m skipping the resolutions. I am setting intentions deliberately and with great care. And I’m getting ahead with one of mine, because I set an intention to shine. The definition of shine is glow, sparkle, glitter, beam, radiate; to be a source of light. The opposite of shine is dullness and darkness. I chose shine because I feel like I’ve come out of a dark space, and am grateful to have relocated my shine. It’s an intention I hope you will set for yourself as well, because we all have that light to shine.
Think about it. How often do we hear about shining? “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” “Do not hide your light under a basket, but set it on a lampstand.” What about Maya Angelou’s wise words: “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” I could go on, but you get it. How bright could this world be if we all chose to shine?
I’m writing this evening to tell you thank you for being part of my journey. I’m writing to tell you that 2016 is going to be full of creativity and color. I’m writing to invite you to join me in 2016 for some adventures that will be announced shortly.
But more than anything, I am writing to tell you how valuable you are and how much I want to see your shine in 2016.
Wishing you a 2016 filled with love, wonder, and shine!