2024 - Kindness, Direction, Wonder

Walking into 2024 with Kindness, Direction and Wonder

This new year brings a whole new kind of attention.  The elements are shifting from water to wood.  The animals are shifting from rabbit to dragon.  By these two things alone I can already feel the energy moving around in a positive way.  I’m really excited for me and all my fellow dragons this year!  The dragon combined with wood is said to bring evolution, improvement, and abundance.  This resonates really deeply with my 3 words for the year, kindness, direction, and wonder.

There’s a children’s book that I started to read to my daughter.  The title is ‘The boy, the mole, the fox, and the horse’ by Charlie Mackesy.  She LOVES this book!  By the way, every ADULT needs to read this book!  It’s a beautiful story about friendship, kindness, love, and navigating some of life’s difficult moments.  The conversation in the beginning of the book starts by the mole asking the boy “what do you want to be when you grow up”?  The boy replies “kind”.  I asked my daughter this one day, not thinking about the book at all.  She replied “kind momma”.  I had to ask her 3 times before it dawned on me what she was saying!  In that moment it dawned on me that the magnitude of kindness was far bigger than I truly understood. My heart melted into a thousand pieces as a I cried looking at her sweet face.

” being kind to yourself is one of the greatest kindness”

It’s really easy to be kind to others.  I find that I’m often offering guidance, and support to my friends, family, and students about being kind to themselves.  When I reflect upon myself, I have discovered that I’m not always swallowing my own medicine.  Kindness shows up in many different ways.  It can be in the way of self-talk, reflection, physically pushing beyond our limits, how we care for our personal temple, how we respond to others, etc..  Kindness begins with how we treat ourself.  It begins with me.

“we often wait for kindness…but being kind to yourself can start now”

Direction can be interpreted so many different ways.  For me, direction is focus.  It’s staying the course of what I’m investing my time and energy into.  Outside of goals and projects, direction is more about honing in on the inner work.  It’s really easy for me push myself to do all the things that are physically challenging and intellectually stimulating.  When it comes to my own emotional vulnerability, I tend to run the other way.  Redirecting my focus inward is the only way to be super clear on the direction outward.  I’m finally ready for it!

Wonder here, wonder there, wonder everywhere.  I’ve never been one to show my excitement for life.  Primarily because I’ve had to suppress my feeling and voice growing up.  It wasn’t until I met yoga in my late 20’s into early 30’s that I found my voice again, and my love of life.  As much gratitude that I have for this world I also realize that there is so much I take for granted.  Fast forward into my mid 40’s I was blessed with a beautiful child!  Learning to see the world through her eyes is pure magic.  I’m amazed daily by the littlest things.  Witnessing her wonder of the world brought so much joy to my life!

When you have a moment of pause, sit in stillness and listen to what wants to come through for you.  You can’t force the words.  They have to speak to your heart, so be patient if they all don’t arrive at once.

This is a really beautiful way to set the tone for how the year will unfold.  Of course, please set goals and resolutions.  These are important as well, however, if we don’t tend to our personal garden within, all the other things either take longer to come to fruition or fizzle quickly.  This an area of my personal life that got cracked wide open last year.  It’s been an heart-opening experience in deeply listening to my soul.  Looking forward to all the experiences of 2024.

Love & Gratitude,

Jade

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

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