Inspiration: “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something”
Intention: “an aim or plan”
Allow: “give the necessary time or opportunity for”
The changing of the calendar year always brings with it the inspiration to intend some sort of change in most people’s lives. Whether you call it a “New Year’s Resolution” or not, the energy of change is in the air and it’s everywhere when one year ends and another begins.
For me, I was inspired to intend that I practice the Art of Allowing this year. My word for the year is Allow.
In 2015 my word was Trust - a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. I trusted that everything in my life was going to work out for the Highest Good. Everything from my career to my education to my home life, relationships, finances, and more. And it did. And it still is.
Last year was the first year I tried the “Word of the Year” thing. It came to me out of nowhere when I was walking to class one day. Apparently having a word of the year is actually a “thing” that many people do. Now that I have Trust under my belt, I’m ready to go for Allow.
Although I was in a state of trust for most of 2015, there were some things I was afraid to allow into my life - consciously or unconsciously. I could trustthat good things were coming. However, simply allowing them to come and what to do when they came was unfamiliar for me. I tried to “plan” how things would work out and I tried to manage things I had no control over. Some things I will never have control over. For the things I was having trouble doing on my own, I didn’t allow others to help me.
This year, I’m ready to allow things to come to me without worry, doubt, second-guessing myself, or trying to "plan" how they will work out. I am also ready & willing to allow others to assist me. This is where I'm beginning my conscious practice of the Art of Allowing today. There will be more aspects of allowing for me to learn throughout the year. And today I'm willing to allow those lessons to come when they are ready. I must say that this isn’t an easy task and I’m grateful that I still have more than 11 months to practice.
What changes are you calling in for 2016?
What’s YOUR word (or words) for the year (or month, or week)?
I have to tell you, now that I know about having a word, I think everyone should have a word for themselves.
Peace, Love, and Lots of Hugs!
Two things I believe today:
Accepting Change is the key to Accepting Life.
And….Letting Go is THE Ultimate Goal in Life.
Back in October, I did a 30-Day experiment of “doing things I wouldn’t ‘normally’ do.” Today, over two-months later, I’ve gone from doing things differently in my daily life to doing things differently in my life as a whole. And whether I want to accept it or not, BIG things in my life are changing.
My mom’s mom passed away a week ago. She was my last grandparent to die. There’s something very surreal I’m feeling this week in relation to her passing, and in a way I feel like she chose to make her transition at this time as a way to remind me that NOW is time for the bigger picture of my life to change.
All of these small changes are adding up to big changes and it’s freaking my ego out! It wants to hold on to the things that are safe and familiar, even if they’re not for my Highest Good. I can choose to hold on if I want to. I don’t want to. I know it’s time for me to let go. I’ve even called in outside support to keep accountable. As far as my Grandma is concerned, she gave me something that I can’t hold on to, something that has changed and there’s nothing my ego can do about it.
She let go and she’s very, very happy now. She stayed with us for 3 years after my grandpa passed, even though I think she was ready to go sooner. I’m so glad she decided to stay. Last summer my parents, brother, nephew, boyfriend, & I got to surprise her with an unexpected visit the week of her 95th Birthday. My uncles and the rest of the family surprised her with a 95th Birthday Party (the day before her actual birthday - something she made sure everyone knew). And on her birthday, my dad, brother, nephew, and myself went to the Mariners game and made the sign in the picture below for her. Unfortunately we didn’t make it on the the big screen, but we still made it into her heart when we showed up the next day to show her what we had done.
Accepting change and letting go are two of the hardest things for most people. Change means letting go of the familiar and safe things we have in our life. Letting go of safety is scary. Many people don’t let go of something until they are forced to. This doesn’t have to be the case.
The first day of winter is upon us. Now is the perfect time to let go of things that no longer serve our Highest Good, so we can spend the next few months creating the life we dream of with a clean and clear slate.
Now IS the time to turn our dreams into reality. It’s time for us all to let go of the old and welcome new changes into our lives. I hope we all are able to start 2016 with whatever “clean slate” we need so that the New Year brings us ALL whatever our heart desire.
The newest thing at the studio is a weekly Meditation & Manifestation Meeting on Sunday’s at 4:30. Come join myself and others any Sunday and Turn YOUR Dreams Into Reality with like-minded souls.
Peace, Love, and Lots of Hugs & Grandma Melton!
KC Bushnell has been teaching Pilates for 17 years and has unknowingly been on a path of self-discovery just as long. The last decade of her life, self-empowerment has been at the forefront of her life everyday.