By Amber L'Estrange, Photo by Alison Zavos
As quick as lightning this year is almost complete and I find myself reflecting on all that I have experienced, learned and created these past twelve months.
I generally make room for a daily moment of reflection for at least 10 minutes, just before I go to bed as I find it to be the most meditative time. I approach my self-reflection with an attitude of accepting what has been and what is, yet taking responsibility and pleasure in growing towards greater balance and intention, two power tools needed in manifesting one’s dream. I complete a mini inventory of my day and note what worked, what didn’t, and where I can adjust to be happier, more productive and powerful tomorrow. Instead of dropping into automatic pilot, I love falling asleep to the beauty and excitement of intentionally creating a life I love. This is why I make it a habit to keep myself on track by delving into a practice of self-reflection everyday. Observing, learning, applying, refining, growing.always. Or trying, at least!
Past Year self-reflection
When reflecting on my year, I apply a more rounded, holistic approach during my inventory. I scan across my wheel of life and ask some simple questions:
How is each slice of the pie looking after this year? Where do I need to apply more love and attention? This cross-section examination is helping me clearly carve out my goals for the coming year.
I also like to reflect on the intentions I set at the beginning of the year, noting if they are still true to me, where they eventuated or where I fell short. Some questions I ask myself about the year are:
New Year self Reflection
Not only does this exercise help cultivate gratitude for personal triumphs and all that I have experienced, but it reinforces the simple truth of the consistently transforming nature of life. Seeing life as a fluid series of phases helps me approach the hard times with a greater sense of lightness and trust, knowing that there will be a time when I reflect back on this chapter with a healed heart or neutral mind.
Reflecting on time passed also helps me integrate all the growth and major cliff notes accumulated over the year, leaving me clear on what matters most in life and what I am ready to call in for the New Year.
What are you calling in for this New Year? Tell us in the comments and let other be inspired by your dreams!