Bue: For a truly inspired year, write it down
January 13, 2018
Here it is: the middle of January. You might be thinking, "Already!"
The holidays are packed away; the beginning-of-the-year hoopla around all that we are going to accomplish in 2018 has settled down; and now the question becomes, "What are we really going to do with this year?"
One of the things I've learned along this spiritual journey is that we can study great teachers and go to fabulous workshops and we can read the most inspiring book ever. And unless we then embrace the day-to-day practice of that learning — it was all just entertainment. The same applies to those beginning of the year intentions — without day-to-day attention and energy we don't really move. How many people do you know who live the same year over and over again, who say every year that it is going to be different this time and for whom, by February, it's back to the same old, same old.
Not you and not this year. How is it some people remain focused and fired up and some don't? It is actually really simple. It is a choice. It is the choice of either living by intention or living by default. And default, the common mediocrity, is easy. But it isn't nearly as much fun.
Want to really get it on this year? Start with the most simple thing ever known, always taught and rarely done. Write. It. Down. Please do not write some pie-in-the-sky list. Only write down the ideas and desires that you truly love and make you feel inspired and that you can fully embrace as possible. Start by keeping what you have written in front of you for a week or two and just let it brew. Write down the ideas that come to you about it.
And then practice already being there. This can feel odd at first. I use the phrase, "Put on the skin of the man or woman living your dream." Practice the feeling and vibrational tone you create as the person who has found a new job or is taking the vacation of your dreams. Include things that are good for your community: how are you going to use this prosperous new you to benefit the rest of humanity?
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In this frame of mind, ideas will come to you. Write. Them. Down. Pay attention to the ideas that have a charge for you and follow up on them. Watch as the focus of your attention brings unexpected gifts to the support of your intention — things that seem miraculous will start to show up all around you. Henry David Thoreau figured this out for us over 100 years ago: "If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the live they imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in the common hours."
Here's to 2018. May it be your year of inspired living.
— Rev. Barbara Bue is the Sr. Minister and Spiritual Leader of New Thought NoCo Center for Spiritual Living: "We are a place of Love, Radical Acceptance and Connection."