It is the time of the year when everyone is reflecting back on 2015, so I thought I would spend some time reflecting on how 2015 unfolded for me. Before I considered the particulars, I wanted to ask the universe what message did 2015 send me, so I drew a card from my Earth Magic deck. The card that came up was “Stone People” (see the picture). What does the card mean?
“Remain vigilant at this time, but not out of fear. “Vigilant” simply means opening up your mind and senses to information as it is presented to you: through your eyes, ears, physical sensations, and detached thoughts.
It is especially true in two main areas. First, follow any gut feelings that tell you to be wary about someone or something; second, pay close attention to an important opportunity that presents itself, one that may enhance your life and the lives of others.
Maintain your vigilance of the clues around you and inside of you. Assess what is emanating from your body, and then sort out any conditioned response from what is purely instinctual. Examine the situation with heart, intuition, and mind in harmony; for this is how vigilance serves you. Detach, take a breath, and stand tall in your stature.”
With those words in mind, here is a recap of my 2015…
I started the year with an Ayurvedic cleanse. I was looking for something to jump start my year and take my mind off being unemployed. It was an amazing introduction to Ayurveda: learning about doshas (simply put, body tendencies), how to eat for your particular dosha, routine, herbals, trying new vegetarian recipes. It also involved some soul searching work which I enjoyed and provided some insight into my psyche at the time. During that same time I took a weekend long Healing Touch course with three other women. It provided a healthy energy that helped me greatly, considering I was suffering with a massive ear infection at the time. I used my time off of work wisely; however I could have done without the almost month-long sickness I experienced.
I emerged from that month on the mend physically and spiritually. I accepted a position at a new financial firm. It was very different from what I was doing before, and I had some initial doubts (did I ignore my gut feeling?). I struggled with the single focus of the position, and was frustrated with the slow pace (I was told it was busy and stressful—I was not experiencing either). I voiced my concern to my boss and she was grateful for the feedback (a good sign) and I was given some extra projects to do, one of which I am still working on that has a fairly high profile. I have a great working relationship with the leadership of the company and appreciate the flexibility the job offers.
I started my Yoga Teacher/Holistic Coaching Training around February or March, and was introduced to a wonderful group of women who were on a similar journey. Hearing other’s stories, sharing experiences, learning more new things—it was just what I needed at the right time. And I can definitely say it fits with “second, pay close attention to an important opportunity that presents itself, one that may enhance your life and the lives of others”.
The spring saw some distancing between me and one of my best friends. She and I were so close that people called us sisters. It began slowly with declining invitations, and culminated in July with reneging on a deal to watch our dog for a weekend, causing me to scramble to find someone else to watch him. The relationship was over. I see her occasionally but have not spoken more than a handful of words to someone I care about deeply and spent a considerable amount of time with. It was something I had not really experienced before and it took me a while to get over it. With the help of my life coach I was able to “detach, take a breath, and stand tall in my stature” and it has served me well.
The summer was one of vacations, Reds games and a few church festivals. I was getting into the groove at work, Teacher Training was totally engaging, and the warm weather certainly helped to set a good mood.
Fall was a chocked full of work conferences and a yoga retreat. The work conferences provided a great opportunity to continue to learn new things and get to know my co-workers better (most of them are based in Philadelphia). I met three wonderful women during one of those conferences that gave me hope that I can make new friends as an adult. It didn’t matter that we all lived in different cities, we connected on Faceblook and continue to communicate and share in each others’ lives. The yoga retreat also provided a venue to connect deeper with my fellow yogis and a spectacular natural setting. It was inviting me to really use my senses and drink in the surroundings. It reinforced my love of nature and I thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures to commemorate my visit.
Over Thanksgiving my hubby and I went on vacation to Jamaica–pure fun. No sense of time, doing what we want when we want and getting maximum sun and pool time. We came back refreshed and renewed. Which leads me to the holiday season. I am not a big fan of Christmas time and always need to redirect myself to happiness. I found various ways to lift my spirits and all in all the time was great. Time with family was definitely the highlight. And my husband and I have made New Years Plans so things for year end are looking good. The only negative is my best friend is moving out of state and she leaves tomorrow. We are committed to keeping in touch, and with the experience of my friends in various other states I know our relationship will stay strong. It also provides an incentive to seek out opportunities to meet new people.
Now that I write it all down, the year turned out pretty good. I wonder what 2016 has in store. Tune in to Wednesday’s blog to see what I look forward to in the new year. I will be sure to ask the universe and share it’s answer too.