A beginning is an opening for surprises. Beginnings are new horizons that want to be seen. What is the new horizon in you that wants to be seen? ~John O’Donohue
My own track record with these beginning-of the-year resolutions to ‘do better’ in some way has usually been to abandon them early on. At some point I would do something that I resolved not to, or not do something that I resolved to do, and that would likely mean the end of my resolution. I might give it another try or two, but I can’t think of any time where I experienced more success than failure.
For me the energy of the word “resolution” is one of gritting my teeth, exerting my will power, and holding, or contraction. A resolution seems to come from a place of needing to fix something. This kind of energy, I find, rarely serves me well.
Why are the expressive arts such a great vehicle to discover and articulate our intentions? The arts – visual, movement, sound, rhythm, guided meditation – provide access to our vein of deep inner knowing, allowing us to tune in and discover the buds of whatever is growing and emerging in us. The expressive arts attune us to our longing, and allow us to witness that longing with our eyes and our hearts. When we listen more deeply, beneath the all-too-familiar words, and into the heart of the matter, we invoke the real truth from within. Then, and only then, are we ready to craft our intention in writing. We craft just the right words AFTER we engage in the arts, and we invite our true intention into the rhythm and flow of our daily life.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. ~Maya Angelou