Monthly Archives: January 2017

Don’t be mean in 17

Kindness

Listen up world. Did I mention that I LOVE NEW YORK! Okay, maybe I’m slightly biased because that’s where I fell in love for the first time, learned to drive and had some very good and interesting times! But I’m so excited because New York decided [yes, New Yorkers can be a bit ego-centric] that KINDNESS is the theme for 2017. The slogan goes, “don’t be mean in seventeen.”

I’m thrilled because our last Positivity class of 2016 was about finding your theme for 2017, and each participant is starting the new year with a personal theme. You know I don’t do resolutions because, well, because I don’t do them! But themes set an energy for the year. It’s a way to bring in what you need or want, like love, adventure, making better choices, or simply owning your inner gifts and talents. What a way to put your stamp on your new year!

I always suggest to my students that they find a visual representation of their theme to keep that energy flowing all year. I know one woman who will be getting a framed picture of Captain America, and another who is willing to “go for it.” I am so happy for all of you!

Not to worry, there is still time to identify and own your theme for 2017, but if you are still drawing a blank, feel free to use the New York theme of “kindness.” I have a kindness pillow that I use every day. Oh, so subtle!

Good Vibes Only

Interesting, might not be your first adjective when reflecting on this past year. For some of you battling a serious health issue has been difficult, time consuming and at times feeling like an overwhelming and losing battle. Healing your heart after divorce, ending friendships, and death while painful and disruptive has turned your life upside-down, but is also a testament to your resilience and determination to get up, shake off the dust, and take a chance to trust again, love again, and be willing to share your life with others. But, why bother?

People ask me all the time, why bother; isn’t it easier to die, or simply pull in and protect ourselves from future hurt? Perhaps, but what about our agreement to care for one another, care for our planet and care for all the innocents of our world? Who will extend themselves for their sake?

Yes, that agreement is an inherent part of us; we agreed when we came in to this world to watch out for others, to open our hearts to others, and to consider the good of the many, not of the one or few. Your soul made that agreement when you accepted the gift of life and were born.

Some have the tools and use them for this mission and some are learning how to be a part of the extended family called “each other.” In each case, the first step is always the same: a requirement to look beyond ourselves, to see other people, to see their needs, their pain, their longing for connection.

Once you are willing to look beyond your little world, synchronicity will come in to play and you will find a way to extend yourself; and it doesn’t require going to a foreign country of atrocities.

The crux of the matter is that we simply need to begin to care, we need to begin to forgive, we need to begin to choose to step out of our stories and beliefs that don’t serve us. It’s those small every day choices that change us; it doesn’t have to be the big spiritual wallop that turns our lives upside down.

Heidi Klum from Project Runway says, “you are either in, or you are out.” I pray for you to be in and help bring positivity, empathy, compassion and care to each other. You can wake up on January 1, 2017 with a new mindset. You can replace one negative thought with a positive one each day forward. You can make a difference in the level of positivity in our world just by the way you think.

Let’s add good vibes to our world. Let’s look beyond ourselves. Let’s choose to grow and sing and love and expand as spiritual beings. And let’s heal. Remember the biggest impediment to healing emotional wounds is being right. Waiting for an apology, amends or validation can cost you the best years of your life just like in the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Stuck in a hell of his making, his life didn’t get better until he made the decision to change. Most significantly, he chose to notice others and not just himself.

January 1st can be your miraculous day that changes our world for the better so we can reach that tipping point of positivity.

Love and Peace to all,
Christel