Monday, December 28, 2015

NOT Another New Year's Resolution!

We've all done it before... New Year's Resolutions... 

"I'm going to not eat as many sweets."

"I will exercise more."
"I'm going to loose 20 lbs."

Ugh.  Not another January with these, thank you very much!  I'm kind of over the hype and pressure associated with these "Resolutions".

NO.  Instead, this year, I want to begin my year with VISION.

Before I go any further, I feel the need to establish the difference between a "resolution" and "vision".  

Google defines resolution as, "A firm decision to do or not to do something".  (Yeah, right... FIRM decision... we all know how long a NY resolution stays "firm".  Hahahaha!)  Whereas defines vision as, "The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be".

So, vision...  To me, the difference here is great!  Yes, I do want to eat better and exercise more regularly and all that business, but those are just "action steps" (to use coaching verbiage for a minute) that will hep me live one of my visions for 2016: Healthier.  I want to be healthier... and not just healthier, but vibrant, thriving, exuding life - spiritually, emotionally, physically!

Vision is saying, "My vision for 2016 is for: peace to rule my decisions; truth to be my quest; safety to be my home".  Vision is saying, "I envision a year where I pursue my health and passions like never before; a year where I don't let fear rule; a year where being in the presence of the love and support of those who are safe be what I am committed to".

Recently, I discovered and fell in love with this thing called "Intuitive Painting".  It's easier to show you what it is than explain it.  Watch this video, and you'll get a sense of what I'm talking about:  There were so many things I connected with in this experience, but one of the things I MOST connected with was letting go - letting go of the "supposed to's" and "shoulds", and letting myself tune into what I was feeling and connecting with in that moment.  It's a completely freeing self-care experience.  But not only that, with a bit of intentionality mixed in, it becomes a powerful grounding experience and tool as well.  
my words of truth and life

For example, here was my first endeavor into Intuitive Painting.... the INTENT was to infuse the first layer of the painting with words that are EXTREMELY significant - life giving messages and truths for me.  

This was mostly done with my fingers!

The process of Intuitive Painting takes time and multiple layers, each time paying attention to what colors appeal to you, what shapes and methods of putting the paint (and your "intuition") onto the canvas is "calling to you".  

The result: a painting that reminds me, every time I look at it, of what gives life to me right now.  In my end result, you can still see some of the words.  

So, why all this about Intuitive Painting on a post about NY resolutions and vision?  I'm so glad you asked!  Because I'm going to take the concept of starting my year off with VISION, add intentionality and intuitive painting, and create a piece of art that will remind me, and ground me ALL YEAR LONG, of my vision for 2016.  And for those of you who are local, I want to invite you to join me.  In January, I'm going to hold a workshop where we work on creating a  vivid vision for 2016 that will inspire us, and then capture that inspiration on canvas!  

For those of you who aren't local, I invite you to try this on your own, or gather your group of people, and make it an experience to infuse your 2016 with vision and beauty!  If you have questions or need help, shoot me off an email, and I'll do what I can to help you have this experience for yourself!  

Here's to a 2016 filled with vision and intention!