Endings & Beginnings & a New Focus for the Upcoming Year

What will my 56th year bring? IMG_1267 This card assures you that love has come calling and seeks a partner in its dance! Know that you are cherished. Like a magnet, you’re attracting love into your life! This is the time for harmonious, caring partnerships. [The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards; Colette Baron-Reid]

Wow! One can never have too much love – I accept!

At the beginning of every calendar year, instead of a New Year Resolution, I like to come up with a focus for the year. I’ve done this for almost as long as I can remember. Sometimes my focus is love, sometimes non-judgment, or acceptance, and sometimes finance or health.  On the last day of my 55th year I was gifted a ticket to see Don Miguel Ruiz and his son speak at a local synagogue. I enjoy seeing the authors and hearing them speak and I was looking forward to seeing this father-son team. I didn’t really know anything about the book tour – some new book written by the son, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. The theme of his new book is attachment and based on his fabulous talk, I’ve decided to change my calendar year focus to a life year focus and this year’s focus is…attachment/non-attachment.

At the event I checked out the books for sell and was told if I bought The Five Levels of Attachments I would receive another new book, written by a student of Don Miguel Sr, titled, No Mistakes. I’m a sucker for a free book so I made the deal. And I am happy I did!

IMG_1261 DMR, Jr did most of the talking It is his book, The Five Levels of Attachment, that is the purpose of the tour. I enjoyed his speaking style and appreciated the warmth between Papa and Son. DMR, Sr squeezed into the front row while he watched his son speak. I was witness to art passed from Father to Son and it really was heart-warming.

I don’t want to say much about the book right now. I’d rather wait until I’m done reading it. But I’m already recommending it. I’ve thought a lot about attachments lately. It’s so easy for me to identify the attachments of others – I’ve reflected on my own attachments and how those attachments have created my current life. No judgment here – just reflecting and making an observation and discovering that the older I get the easier it is for me to spot an attachment and know when it serves me well or not. More on that later…

Today I took a short walk with Paz. We haven’t been out lately and today was too exquisite to miss. IMG_1266 This picture doesn’t give the day justice.

I got some great news today – my Vitamin D count has risen 24 points over the past year (it was dangerously low) and my cholesterol has lowered 33 points. I have felt my health improving, even if I didn’t achieve some of my specific goals. But what are goals really, guides that give us direction – I’m obviously heading in the right direction!

Tonight I give thanks for my nice long life. I know there are many who prayed to see their 56th birthday and did not. I am honored and grateful by and for all the love in my life and expressed today and this weekend through emails, phone calls, texts, cards, private messages, and presents – oh how I love birthday presents! I’m grateful to feel content – really content – and aligned with the cosmic truth that I don’t have to fight, force, or struggle for my heart’s desires. I finally get that it’s about allowing the good to flow – allowing peace, prosperity, harmony, love, joy, and yes, contentment. I am excited for what is right now and for the right now that comes.

Thank you for all the birthday love…for all the love!

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