A New Year Reflection of 2018 – by Shiela Reed

A year in review.. while there have been majorly significant events occur in my personal life, it has also been a year of major shifting of energies for everyone across time and space.

Our world is always changing and while there have been large shifts in history, this year is one of them for us in this lifetime. While this time is one of transformation, we all are feeling the mental, emotional, and even physical effects of the energetic shifts of the universe that we do not “see”… there is a HOPE for a future of peace.

There is such a natural desire to reflect and ponder on our year(s) past, while also dreaming into the next year and our future ones. Yet innately we know we cannot linger in either place too long. The memories of the past and the activities of the future only exist TODAY. And this is when we create our new awareness.

While it is important to have our moments and live in the experiences full of all kinds of emotions, I am reminded that my fears of losing memories and/or of not being able to control an outcome often sidetrack me from what I’m needing to be present for and truly save within my heart.

I have struggled this year with anger, frustration and loss. I have also found deep meaning and profound balance. I have found peace in solitude as well as my way back to interest in connecting with people of my own choosing. I have felt weak, sad, and alone but less lonely. I have felt fierce, strong, and confident.

My experiences have been many… there has been much self reflection and following of inner guidance. I have felt an incredible shift within myself and the collective as a whole. I’ve closed the year sharing a level of vulnerability that I have frequently been too uncomfortable to share, only to find my greatest strength.

Although the last few years of contemplation and self awareness work have been necessary and much needed. (Much like a winter slumber or change of season) I feel it is time for activity and movement… a time of positive change and fruition.

I am ever so grateful to have the new tools to appreciate one of the most heartbreaking times and then one of the most rewarding times of my life this year. (I will write on these at a different time when prompted to do so) Instead at this moment I am being asked to share this broader reflection and message of a year ending and a new year beginning.

My desire is to add positive energy to this year.. I hope to continue to grow more personally and increase the opportunities for sharing of my gifts of support and guidance to those that wish to have my assistance.

This year I encourage us all to spread kindness not gossip
Share love not hate
Allow all feelings, let go of the outcomes and enjoy the experiences by being present in each and every moment.

I hope you will join me…
Peace, Love, and Blessings to one and all

Shiela

What’s the purpose of a New Year’s resolution anyway?

by Shiela Reed

So,  another year has come and gone…  I’ve been reflecting just as most people probably do.  I found myself with this question and figured it would be as good as any of a way to start off.   So, I guess, “let the blogging begin”!  🙂

What’s the purpose of a “New Year’s Resolution” anyway?

Have you noticed that the energy and excitement often increases as we plan for “newness” no matter when that is during the year?  That is especially true at the start of a new year.  It seems to be a “natural” or automatic way our systems are wired as we are drawn to a time when we can make a fresh start .  To find and hold onto what seems to be a “solid starting point”…  this time of year feels a little like “book ends” to me.  The end of one and beginning of another… But why now?  Why “January 1st” all the time?

In reality – this could happen anytime we choose – but commonly we all feel the energetic “pull/push/draw” to certain times of the year (i.e. New Years) because the larger group/collective adds their energy too .  A bit like “everybody’s doing it” maybe.

Although that  might make a bit of sense, there is more to it than that.  The rest of the story is what makes it tricky.  It’s actually important for us to have an understanding of “why are we” making this particular choice at this particular time?

We may get a hint of this, if after the initial “surge and spike” with everyone else’s energy (i.e. everyone talking about their new years resolutions) – we make note of where our own energy goes when it’s time to sustain and maintain the new decision/commitment a few days, or weeks or months later.

Are we still as excited and focused?  That actually tends to end up depending on the true “root” of our own “why” for this new “plan”, endeavor, change, commitment, in the first place….

To me this ends up being a significant difference between when we find ourselves sticking with something vs quitting or becoming “bored” with the idea.

For example – if I were to start with my own “soul search” and that leads me to make a certain change or shift, it will be more likely to sustain and make it through the “hard times” or struggles.  If it’s due to outside expectations or “joining the crowd” and not what I “really” want or am ready to do – it will not.

It’s so subtle – we are barely ever aware.   Which is why the more we can spend time nurturing the growth of that inner connection… that “knowing” part of us that comes from that special inner true self we each have –

The more “true” our choices and commitments will be, because we will begin to more consistently feel them coming from our true heart space.

So – to test it out- see what “resolutions” stick for you this year and which do not.  And NO this is not permission to “beat ourselves up” if we don’t “stick something out”.  Instead consider going back to the beginning and determine our true first reason and starting point and LEARN something new about our individual processing systems.

We will learn to know if we are “in-tune” or not… and if we are not – we can begin to practice simply letting it go, re-assessing from our heart space – and either try again or go another direction.

On our site this year, we hope you will be able to find some new and meaningful connections with yourselves and others while sparking fresh thoughts and ideas as we each walk into this new year with a sense of opportunity for new beginnings…

Here’s to wishing you all a 2018 filled with what YOU choose, need, and create – remember – our life lessons will come in many forms, so try to be open to them all.

Peace, love, serenity

Shiela