Now is a good time to step back, to see what’s working and what’s not, and to move into the new year with renewed joy and excitement.
Welcome back to our Co-Creative Mandalas blog!
During 2023 we shared insights, inspiration, and all the ways the cycles of the Great Mandala uplift and support you. We drew upon the metaphors and messages of each season and explored and celebrated our individual and collective journeys toward Freedom.
The Co-Creative Mandalas have a vibration that represents something about the natural world and the energy in the universe at this current time.
As the year draws to a close, this is the time to Reflect on your journey, Celebrate all the ways you grew, and
Envision the year ahead.
It's an exciting time to be alive and to embrace your capacity to face changes and challenges and open your heart to making a difference in the world. This time of year can also serve as an invitation for all of us to slow down, to let go of what is not supporting our well-being, attune to the Light, and remember inner and outer Wholeness.
As the year ends, I think it's fascinating to reflect on the original meaning of the word January, from the Roman myth of Janus. Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, perhaps symbolizing what is important to do at this time of year, to look back at what has been and to look forward to what is to come. I invite you to take time to reflect in this way.
Whether your new year began with nature's calendar at the winter solstice, begins with the conventional calendar on Jan 1st or another cultural or natural event--welcoming in a new year often comes with looking back over the past year and thinking ahead to what you want for the coming year. This is a powerful opportunity for inward reflection, setting intentions, and taking thoughtful action so that you feel aligned and empowered as you move into 2024.
It’s also easy to get caught in unhelpful loops of rumination, regret, and self-criticism.
Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you're good enough, self-compassion asks what's good for you?
Dr. Kristin Neff