January 7, 2012 In Uncategorized
Manifesting the New Year
Affirmation: I am always manifesting; I manifest to my highest and best.
The beginning of a new year can be filled with mixed feelings and expectations. Many years ago the cartoon For Better or For Worse had a New Year’s Day cartoon of Elizabeth, the young daughter, opening her new calendar and exclaiming “I can’t wait to put down all the wonderful things that will happen.” If I were to closely examine my reaction to a new year it would not necessarily be filled with the expectation of delightful events. I find I must be very aware of the feeling of dread that can present itself as I look forward to the future especially if I am dealing with post Christmas let-down. It takes a conscientious effort to turn my thinking around and to prepare myself for the delights that I am sure are waiting for me. Once again, I am faced with the choice of Faith or Fear.
I truly believe we manifest our own realities. I am always manifesting and I want to manifest to my highest and best. I don’t like to leave the quality of my life to chance. There are always things I can be working on that will enrich my life. One of my practices of many years is to take time at the beginning of the new year and to decide what’s important to me and what I’d like to see manifest itself. I do this by looking at the different aspects of my life and seeing what I want to emphasize and concentrate on.
I divide my life into several categories. Certainly, you can choose any that might work for you but mine are: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Family & Friends, Material, Community and Financial. I set intentions and create affirmations for each section.
Spiritual: For example, one of my intentions is to meditate daily. I write: I meditate once a day for at least 20 minutes. Another Spiritual desire is to increase my faith so I write: I pray daily and I attend church weekly. I participate in my Small Christian Community and look for other opportunities to participate in events that will increase my faith.
Physical: My intention here is to be of optimal health. What steps do I need to take that will lead to that state? I write: I fine tune my diet by eating clean at least 80% of the time. I look for fun ways to exercise. I do some form of exercise daily.
Mental: I know I am either green and growing or ripe and rotten. I read a wonderful news article about a 93 year old man who recently learned to read and write. He then went on to publish a book. That’s my intention; to be learning as long as I’m alive. So I write: I look for opportunities that help me grow. I am studying the fiddle, Spanish and doing a crossword a day. I am open to all learning opportunities: travel, classes, lectures, documentaries, and new people and experience.
Family & Friends: When it comes to my Family and Friends category, I usually focus on what I’d like the most if they were considering me and try to create that intention for themselves. I would like more of their time and attention. So I write: I carve out a regular time to spend with each of my loved ones and look for opportunities when we can share experiences.
Material: I include the Material category because I feel we live in a material world and it needs to be addressed. In the past I’ve focused on living in a different house or perhaps making the house I live in, different, lighter, brighter, more comfortable. This year I write: I only keep the things I love and use and let go of the rest.
Community: Community is essential to everyone’s well being. I write: I volunteer my time, treasure and talent to help those who are within my power to be of help to. I focus my talents on projects that I know make a positive difference in the lives of others. I enjoy sharing my home with my friends and family and look for opportunities to do so.
Financial: I attract financial prosperity. I look for opportunities that increase our income and that decrease our expenses.
I don’t review them regularly. I have found that there is great power in simply writing out my intentions and then letting them marinate. I usually review last year’s at the beginning of the New Year. I am always fascinated by how many of the intentions have come to fruition; fascinated and grateful that I took the time to work on manifesting the year ahead. What do you want your New Year to manifest? Claim some time, give it some thought and put it on paper. Fill in your calendar now before the year starts. Fill it in with all the things you want it to hold: joy, love, hope, peace, great health, adventure. It’s yours; it’s waiting for you to claim it and to manifest it.