This is the third year in a row that I've felt a strong sense of inspiration and magic in the post-Christmas season. Last year, my immersion in the blogging community greatly enhanced that. For one thing, I was turned on to the idea of picking a word for the year to reflect on, and that evolved into also picking a color. (Although it really felt like the color picked me.)
Now I'm coming to the end of my orange year of "quiet love" (yes - I picked two words instead of one). I have discovered that for 2011 my word will be "bless," and the color will be green, and I'm so excited to begin this new journey that I've been consciously restraining myself from jumping ahead too fast. I want to properly finish the old year before I throw myself completely into the new. I want to make sure I've really learned the year's lessons, integrated its spirit, before I march off on a new adventure. And so I'm reflecting more on the orange nature of the past year than I have in a while, letting the orange seep into my soul and steep there for these last few days of 2010. It's been wonderful to be able to go back to old blog posts and track my path. I clicked on "orange" in my labels section and went back and read those posts, and am gratified to see that the directions I felt led by my orange ruminations bore fruit.
For instance, I wrote the following in one of those posts: "What happens when the second chakra [whose color is orange] is too open (overly emotionally reactive, too absorptive of others' emotions) and too closed (shut down, apathetic, cold) both fit me. I go back and forth between these states." Well, I'm thrilled to report that this year has found me finally balanced in this regard.
I also wrote: "I need to be able to feel the people around me without drowning in it or shutting myself down when it's all too much. I need a vibrancy and vitality that flows out of me and doesn't just get stuck in my head." I have actually learned this year to tap into such a flowing vibrancy and vitality within myself, which is exactly what has gotten me unstuck out of my head and brought balance between being too open and too closed.
May your old year end in peace and your new one begin with inspiration!
|The orange flower lights June Amber gave me for my birthday this past year|