Each year we embark on the calendar a new beginning, a new start to a new year filled with hope, promise and expectations. We can take this opportunity to designate a fresh start, marking a threshold to a new adventure, preparing ourselves for a new perspective. This is different than making goals, resolutions and agreements with ourselves. It entrust a different type of outcome, one that allows greater potential to unfold by giving permission to be free.
New beginnings are usually thought of as fresh starts where we leave something old and worn-out behind in favor of something new and fresh. Quite often this is a metaphor for parts of ourselves that we are longing to change or release. Born from wishes to move forward and embark on much needed growth. It requires a certain sense of resolve to make the dedication stick.
It’s easy to become disenchanted by the hopes of true change when our will is not in alignment with our heart’s desires. Equally, we cannot move forward when we feel stuck by circumstances or other outward limitations that we perceive to ensure failure even before we’ve started. This is often the case when we have constructed our goals, wishes and resolutions based on outward changes we wish to make.
These type of alterations often fail after a short duration not because we lack the will power to stick to them. These shortcomings arrive because the inner resolve was not in alignment with our inner truth, missing the needed integration to move forward at the beginning. Each shift we make in consciousness requires an acknowledgement of what we have gained or learnt from our past.
We cannot move forward in our evolutionary expressions until we have unraveled the gift our past experiences have bestowed. Without this reflection we are almost doomed to repeat it, until this acknowledgment arrives. Once we have gained the insights born from experience, wisdom descends granting a powerful motivation that propels us forward without the need of great effort.
To make a change without reflection leaves heavy work to be carried forward during a journey that is burden by past chores instead of new discovery. Allowing the time to reflect and unburden that which is no longer useful has many rewards beyond dropping old baggage. It grants strength, empowerment, confidence and wisdom to not repeat what we have learned.
Beginning anew can happen every day, if we so choose to refresh ourselves through reviewing what came prior. It is a beautiful practice to do before retiring to sleep by allowing the review of the day’s events to be gleaned for both blessings received and lessons learned, preparing us for a fresh start upon waking to greet our potential.
When we align ourselves with authentic awareness capable of integrating our experiences as they unfold as best we can, we walk with a certain amount of freedom. We grow not from a place of constraint or burdened discipline, but rather a support field of understanding that embraces our needs with gentleness and astonishing courage. We begin to grow in compassion and self-acceptance that truly allows a freshness to unfold.
We can all desire to better ourselves, make changes that improve our lives, whether we can achieve them largely depends on whether we have the inner support to do so. When we are clinging to ideas that degrade us within or admonish us for needing to change, we are not integrating those experiences that burden us due to a sense of shame for desiring a change. Coming into honesty with ourselves to grant permission and may be even forgiveness moves us closer to the support we need to be dedicated to change.
We make change not because we decide to change, but because we are ready to change, as the shift is apparent already within ourselves. We come into this knowledge and it's embraced by acknowledgment, making the outward demonstration easeful with success guaranteed. Then we are assured regardless of outside support, because we’ve already gained the support we need from within ourselves.
This way of making a new start liberates us to act from a sense of inner freedom with permission that states we are already anew. We pursue our goals, resolutions and wishes out of an alignment of who we are already, rather than who we wish to become. It’s a much more joyful process, one that promises a certain excitement in discovering something new about our new expressions that are unfolding with freedom.
We can choose to liberate ourselves at any time to become what our heart’s desire when we are led to be authentic with ourselves, claiming truth and processing that which holds us back. This might not always be easy. Some issues may require assistance and support to help us understand what we are attempting to shift, gaining from the gifts of past experience. Still this work to integrate in favor of attaining a sense of freedom to shift helps to ensure success.
It is not without reward and truly makes all that follows more pleasurable.
Ways to move into new forms of ourselves differ depending on how comfortable we are with contemplating our past. Some may feel solid in clear contemplation, while other might benefit from a more indirect approach found in creating art, writing or a hobby that slowly unfolds insights. The important part is to make an effort to resolve past wounds and perceived limitation, making room for the new to arrive within us before expecting it to settle outwardly for us.
I encourage you to explore the change you wish to make this new year by granting the potential to be recognized as a presence coming from within rather than outwardly. If, this feels like a stretch, begin by integrating those parts that are alienated from the past, making peace with them by allowing space to be reclaimed in authenticity of the present moment. By focusing on the inner alignment of what is always refreshes, we claim the new beginning we deserve through a compassion awareness that it is already present.