Last year I wrote a blog about priming ourselves for 2017 and got a lot of positive feedback, so I thought that I would continue an annual “What to Expect” blog providing some insights into what I feel intuitively for the year 2018, so that we can all get ready to live our highest, most vibrant selves.
I want us all to experience a miraculous, enriching year filled with many blessings!
On that note, here’s the word of the year that comes to mind for 2018 – INNOVATION.
Yes, you heard right! 2018 will be the year of creativity, and innovation.
We’ve seen this already happening with the rise of companies like Uber, Airbnb, Bitcoin etc. and it’s just not going to go away.
It’s not just some cycle friends, it’s a spiritual renaissance.
The former things have passed and we must adapt and welcome a new way of being.
This will require us all to galvanize our efforts in resourcefulness, ‘out of the box thinking’ and creativity during this Universal transition as the old, egoic structures, paradigms and traditions continue to be disrupted, dismantled and even disgraced.
Things are changing rapidly, which calls for courage and resilience more than ever before, an ability to be flexible and open as I anticipate the year to be frankly, challenging for many who hold fast to the old systems.
However, the beauty of it all is that we each have an opportunity to birth and create the reality that we wish to see by calling upon and awakening the spiritual faculties and abilities within.
By choosing to live in alignment with a high vibrational state of being, we can live in the frequency of love and oneness.
However, it does take work, consistency and a commitment, especially with one’s thoughts, energy and spiritual practice to shield oneself from some of the harsh, lower energies that percolate from all the fear and uncertainty.
The stronger your light, the more you’ll be able to ward them off.
I’m all for optimism, but also all for truth and mindful living.
Staying present and paying attention to ‘what is’ becomes critical as we prepare for future experiences.
Ask yourself the following “What has my experiences this year taught me?”
Then use the wisdom that you have acquired to make the necessary changes.
Life is a teacher and will always present divine assignments necessary for our soul’s evolution and expansion.
Here are my top 3 Tips for thriving during the year of 2018:
1. Keep your mind completely present.
Live in the present moment.
We are constantly creating in our minds. In order to change the trajectory of your life, you must keep your mind completely in the present moment as each moment is preparing you for the next future moment.
It truly is a privilege to be alive. Don’t waste a minute of it by dwelling in your misfortunes or mistakes of the past or living in the anxieties of the future. Both are an illusion, the only moment is Now.
The more you celebrate your life with deep appreciation and reverence in the now, is the more you set yourself up for wonderful experiences in your future.
Be full now.
2. Spiritual practice
This is the year to put your spiritual practice to daily use with the radical changes that are happening.
I’m a huge advocate of maintaining a spiritual practice that resonates with your truth and your path. For myself, daily prayer and meditation using the mantra of “Satnam” has worked wonders to give me mental and spiritual fortitude.
A daily, spiritual practice will strengthen and anchor you in the frequency of love and oneness so deeply that you can face whatever challenges come your way with grace.
How you respond to life can make all the difference to what shows up in your future. Yes, the “Law of Reciprocity” is very real, what you put out will come back.
Let’s bring on the good stuff!
3. Keep your vibes up!
Treat your energetic space like a temple by eating high vibrational whole foods that energize you and make you glow with vitality, meditate, meditate, meditate and engage in only high vibrational thoughts, interactions and activity.
This is not to say that you ignore your feelings, you must honor whatever shows up however, try your best not to dwell in them too long as they are only there to bring attention to any disharmony that exists within you for healing, not to unpack and live there.
Next year will be what you make it to be, let’s make it a year worth remembering.
I wish you all so much love, joy, peace and the most creative, exhilarating year ever!
Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation?
I once had a meeting with a client who flew in to discuss how we could provide our services.
I was so excited and nervous for this meeting however, it just so happened that I had a pinched nerve in my right ankle that week, and I could not wear heels.
I panicked, this was an important client however, the meeting had to happen.
So I drove to the meeting in my chic, summer flats and carried a pair of heels for back up, praying that I could wear them sitting down in the boardroom.
Well, it didn’t actually pan out that way after all.
While preparing in the parking lot, my ankle was just not having it.
I panicked and thought “Omg, what am I going to do?” I had to think quick, “so I thought to heck with it, I’ll wear my flats and just tell them the truth – that I injured my ankle.”
Turned out the client didn’t even notice, we had a wonderful meeting that even led into lunch.
While I was sitting in my car after the meeting I thought to myself, “Wow, I made such a big deal over my ankle and it turned out to be nothing at all.”
Then I burst out laughing at myself thinking about all the unnecessary torment I put myself through in my mind for something so silly.
Laughter has been incredibly cathartic when I’ve found myself in some of the most uncomfortable situations.
In fact, I believe laughter is a superpower and a powerful, spiritual practice.
One of the most important lessons that I have learned over the years is to laugh more, and lighten up!
I took myself way too seriously for so many years and fell into the trap of trying to be perfect.
If you can learn to accept your imperfections, forgive yourself more often, and change your dialogue of constant self-criticism so you can speak to yourself in a more loving way, I believe that miraculous shifts can occur in your life.
Do you know that laughter is spirit?
In fact, there is nothing heavy about spirit. So the question is, why are we so hard on ourselves, when spirit is light?
So the next time you slip up, go easy on yourself.
Allow yourself to be a human being, be willing to find the humour in it all, and try again next time.
I hope this message empowers you to experience more joy and laughter in your life.
I love what Spiritual Teacher, Ram Dass has to say on the matter of family — “If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family.”
The holiday season is filled with whimsical splendour, warmth, and laughter. But it can also trigger old emotional wounds that resurface right at the dinner table.
Family relationships can be our greatest teachers, and used as a barometer to test our personal growth.
Like that distant cousin of yours that lives in an 80′s time machine, and enjoys using you’re not-so-finest moments as a conversation piece with the family.
Or how about that lovely sister-in-law of yours that constantly grills you about your personal life.
It can be a rather fun-filled, button-pushing kinda holiday, pulling you right back to old memories and stunting your growth if you’re not armed with love, forgiveness, and grace.
So what do you do when the family member that you love so dearly blurts out something that triggers you deeply, and you can almost feel the steam rising to the surface?
Here are 5 practical, spiritual tips for an open hearted, harmonious holiday:
1) Allow people to be who they are.
This is one of the wisest, most loving things that you can possibly do for yourself and the other person. Acknowledge that this person is on their own path, having their own experience. It doesn’t, in any way have to match yours, nor should it affect you in any way. Give them the full forum to express themselves without restriction, and you’ll be amazed at how freeing this will be for both of you.
2) Your job is not to fix people, it’s to love them.
We are often compelled to fix someone when they say or do something that is not in keeping with the way we like things to be. Sometimes we don’t realize that it’s not our job. Our job is to simply love them for who they are. No one enjoys being evaluated, and one of the best gifts that we can give someone is acceptance.
3) Preserve your peace by putting a lid on it.
Sometimes it’s just best to put a lid on it and not say anything at all. Wisdom is knowing that there is a time and a place, and not every comment requires a rapid-fire response. A reaction riddled with anger only adds to the fire of the situation and completely robs you of your power and your peace.
4) Refrain from taking things personally.
When judgments are made, it’s easy to become overly sensitive, and take yourself way too seriously. By learning not to take things so personally, it becomes less about you, and more about shifting the attention to what’s really important – a moment to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.
5) Humour, and lots of it!
Be silly, please! Laughter is contagious. No one enjoys being around a party-pooper. Be engaging, pull out a joke or two. A good belly laugh can heal a rather, tense situation and become one heck of a peace treaty. Smile, allow yourself to have fun, and more importantly, savor the moment.
Let this be your guide, and you’ll not only survive, but thrive this holiday season.
Now over to you, have you got any techniques that you’d like to share with the rest of us on how to squash family conflict with grace over the holiday season?
OR, need advice?
Do share your heartfelt thoughts and Comments with the community on the blog, and I’ll be sure to Reply.
As always, I’d love to hear from you!