The last few months of 2016 I was in a funk of sorts. Let me clarify… I’m not talking about a smell or a type of music; apparently there are multiple definitions of the word. The funk I’m referring to is a state of quasi-depression or a dejected mood. I felt off. My energy was low. I felt the need to stay low, hibernate, and be more in my head; like I needed to cocoon myself as if I was somehow transforming into something and getting ready to emerge.
2017 started off pretty much the same. Then I followed a mentor’s goal setting advice and really thought about what I wanted 2017 to be for me. How I wanted to show up and what I wanted to manifest. I came up with 2 guiding words, Acceptance and Balance. These two words would guide my 2017. Shortly after I added Newness as well. So what does all this mean?
Life has many ups and downs. If you’ve lived more than a couple of years on planet Earth, then you know what I mean. I decided that I would be more open and accepting to whatever 2017 has in store. I would accept my body as it is. Each and every day. I will love my body for its health and strength and for always being there for me. I will not hate my body because it’s a few pounds overweight. I’m not saying this is easy, but every day (when I remember) I thank my body. I know what she’s been through and she’s stronger because of it. And I thank her.
I accept people for who they are. Imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same! Diversity is a fact of life. Every single human on this planet is a unique individual. Even if you belong to the same group as another, you are uniquely you. You have different parents, different educational backgrounds, different tendencies, different definitions of spirituality, and different ancestral practices. You have different thoughts. Even if you are a twin – you are unique. You have different experiences throughout your life that shape who you are.
Acceptance for what is in this moment does not mean I give up. It means I’m at peace with what is. And I can move forward in a more conscious way.