The Cycles of Life
Life runs in cycles. Peaceful periods give way to challenging times, which then melt into another emotional color until that one changes too. These cycles occur over minutes, weeks, months and years.
Greater peace of mind arrives when we accept that life will always be changing, and we’ll never truly know what will happen next.
At the same time, consolidating our life lessons builds our resilience so we can meet the cycles of life with greater joy and ease. That’s precisely why I place value in a year-end review and the lessons that emerge from engaging with the right questions.
Some of my 2013 life lessons were practical and some were profound. Here are the most important lessons I learned last year.
1. Don’t Expect to Arrive
I didn’t expect to be waylaid by two months of bronchitis or two weeks of flat out back pain. I didn’t expect to receive new genetic information that changed my treatment plan and possible outcomes.
Life will surprise you. Whatever arises, try to take it in stride without labeling it “good” or “bad” or clinging to it as the final destination. Don’t aim for a happy ending that never changes.
You can find greater peace and happiness by having this bigger perspective; not by expecting life to stay the same.
Writing for each one of you brings meaning and joy into my life. In fact, it’s all I would do if I could!
I know I will never hear from the vast majority of you, but I feel an invisible connection to you and am so very grateful for your readership. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.
The Best Always Well Within Posts of 2013
As I browsed through my 2013 blog posts this morning, I felt pleased. I feel my best posts dig deep, ask compelling questions, and present a unique view. I’m so delighted to share them with you.
Here’s the top twenty:
- Limits: The Key to a Thriving Life
- 4 Reasons I Don’t Believe in the Law of Attraction
- A Bundle of Joy and Peace: 21 Inspirational Quotations from Thich Nhat Hanh
- The True Meaning of Non-Attachment and How It Sets You Free
- How to Cultivate a Spacious Mind
- What Hooks You and How to Overcome It
- How to Deconstruct Pesky Thought Patterns and Wacky Emotional Habits
- Three Essential Elements of Personal Power
- Are You Fighting or Flowing?
- Cultivating Compassion: Begin with Impartiality
- Walking the Labyrinth to Your True Self
- How To Master the Art of Quiet Time Off
- Drop Into Your Heart: It’s Easier Than You Think
- 108 Quotations to Inspire Love, Happiness, and Freedom
- Step Into Uncertainty
- What Are You Willing to Do to Save Another Person’s Life?
- How to Cope with the Suffering of this World
- A Simple Way to Balance Your Emotions and Revitalize Your Body
- Is It Always Smart to Follow Your Heart?
- True Happiness Begins with the Right View
For more Best of Always Well Within, check these posts:
I try to stay in the present moment and not look ahead too much. But, I still have aspirations for Always Well Within in 2014, which include:
- Post a new article once or twice a week.
- Offer my e-course Living with Ease: 21 Days to Less Stress once each season. The next session starts Jan. 6th and you can register now.
- Create at least one new course and/or write an e-book.
- Check in with you through a reader survey.
Most importantly, underlying these practical wishes is this all-pervasive aspiration: May whatever I write be of true benefit to others, helping to free them from suffering and bringing them more happiness and ease.
I’m immensely grateful for all the loving support I’ve received this year, especially during the launch of my new course. Thank you for sharing my posts, commenting, connecting via email or simply reading my posts. I’m so happy to be connected with you!
I’d love to hear your aspirations for 2014. What’s ahead for you?
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Each year, I choose one word as my guiding star. I find this a simple and enriching process. This single word – or phrase – keeps me aligned with my most important focus for profound personal growth.
If you would like to explore how to discover your word for the year and how to remember it, please enjoy my previous posts on the topic:
I hope you find the perfect word that accelerates your personal growth and leads you to more peace and happiness.
Have you selected your word for the year yet? I would love to hear about it. Mine might be “practice.”
P. S. Please join me for my Living with Ease: 21 Days to Less Stress e-course. Starts Jan. 6th and you can register now.
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