As I close this year and get ready to start the next one fresh and new, there's a few things I'd like to share with you.
Firstly, I want to thank you for signing up to receive this monthly Jen Zen letter. My intention is always to uplift, inspire or teach. I appreciate you making the time to read what I write and I treasure you. Thank You.
This year is coming to an end. I don’t like to spend too much time looking back, but I’ve learnt it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate the many wonderful aspects that I have experienced, how far I have grown and who I’ve now become. I hope you make the time to do that for yourself. Celebrate and love yourself up! You are amazing and the more you appreciate yourself the more we all benefit!
I want to tell you about 3 new things I did that created more happiness for me…
1. Last new year, I started a game that I discovered has a profound (and fun) impact on what kind of year I have. I chose 3 words for my year. They were: Extraordinary, Glorious and Remarkable. And guess what? My year has turned out to be all of that, in so many surprising and delightful ways! I invited my friend Cory to do the same, and yep, his have been felt over and over again too! So, I want to invite you to do it too, for 2018. What 3 words do you want to shape your new year? Don’t over think it. Just feel your way into it and choose your 3 words. Write them down. In your journal, on post-it notes, even put them in a frame if you like. And expect great things to come of it! :)
2. I took a lot of “tuning breaks” throughout my days. I went for mini walks, played on the swings, listened to a song I like, stopped for a dance, relished drinking a fresh glass of water, had a cat nap to a beautiful meditation, went out for a froyo, or had a warm shower, … essentially whatever I was inspired to do in that moment. I didn’t try to push through anything. I learnt to listen to the nuances of my feelings and take a tuning break as soon as I began to feel any strain or effort. This helped keep my creativity going, my energy in flow with my Inner Being, my body feel good, my mind clear, my answers and solutions coming, my productivity high, and all of me show up fully present for my clients and friends. Overall, I created a million moments of joy and happiness throughout my day.
3. I read a lot less. I know this may sound weird but I realized that you cannot create and consume at the same time. And I want to create. I am here to create. I’m not very interested in regurgitating what has come before me, other people’s thoughts and words, or even what I’ve created for myself in the past. All my life I’ve been an avid reader but I realized that I was a lot more selective in the past. Technology, media, the proliferation of “experts” and “everyone has a story to tell” has created an environment of almost non-stop “knowledge” availability. (Yes, they all require quotation marks ;)) I think of my mind as my rich fertile garden and I am its keeper. So, what I allow in to that garden and how frequently I allow it in is completely up to me. Even good quality ideas from someone else are still from someone else. I’m now only interested in what’s coming from my own inner guidance and wisdom. And to hear that, I need a lot less noise and a lot more quiet. My garden needs light and spaciousness and shade and nutrients. What does the garden of your mind need to flourish and thrive, and be uniquely yours?
Thank you, once again, for being a part of my community and I wish you a phenomenal new year! See you next month. XO
With eager anticipation,
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Joseph Campbell
Yes, yes, yes! Want to start the year CLEAR on what your Core Desired Feelings are and set plans in motion to feel that way, on your own terms, each day? Then you may want to join me for a fresh new Desire Map journey in Vancouver, Jan 27+28th. Go here for all the details.
Photo cred: Cory J Martin.