Dark winter nights at the beginning of the year are the perfect times to explore your dreams. Dreaming can be the fun part of working with your spiritual GPS or inner guidance system, and delve into your soul’s calling. In nature, each plant stores its core energy in its roots in winter, where the essence or inner power resides. When you allow yourself to dream and get in touch with your heart’s desire, your soul or inner guidance can speak more freely to you. You discover that your inner truth can help you make wise choices in each endeavor as you plan for the year ahead or enter a new life phase.
Sit quietly by the fire and have a brainstorming session with yourself, particularly reflecting over the last decade. Make a list of unfulfilled dreams and goals. Play with them as though they were friends, and see if any aspect of them would still like to be fulfilled and how that might be accomplished. Listen and let them teach you lessons and new ways of showing up in the future. Write down the inner responses you hear. This will provide good soil for later actions.
Decade of accomplishments
Over the past 10 years what have you accomplished that has made a difference in your life, for your loved ones or your work? What truth or inner power did you engage? When and how did the real you show up? When did you feel confident, brilliant, intuitive, playful, or something equally empowering? Let your inner guide help you create a list of authentic feelings. I personally always feel deep compassion and meaning whenever I coach, interview or listen to people telling their story of how they engaged their true self, adapted or became transformed. I know I am living my passion and purpose.
Back to dreaming
What would you like to accomplish over the next 10 years? What would you like to be doing, with whom and where? If you don’t have a clear picture, then make a list of how you want to feel on whatever path life takes you. How do you want to be engaged?
We all have different styles of moving through our lives. If you’re a renaissance soul like I am, you may want flexibility, spontaneity and variety to feed your spirit. Many successful people never planned their achievements, but rather engaged their skills and talents and funneled their passions into meaningful experiences that could make a difference. What’s most important is that you live authentically, true to the real you.
Sort through all your reflections for clues of what you need to do to satisfy your dreams of how you want to experience life. Creating space for fulfilling your dreams and goals is essential. Think about what you need to change or let go of in your lifestyle, how you work, where you make commitments, and how you feed your spirit. How can you make better use of your time? Are you seeking a healthier lifestyle, new or improved relationships, a more rewarding job experience, or ways to give back to others or society?
* Make your list of unfulfilled dreams and goals
* Make your list of accomplishments over the last decade
* Make a list of the best of who, how and what you want to be and do in the coming year.
See final article of this series: Put Your Soul’s Calling into Action