New Year can begin at any time, as there are more choices than January 1st or the Lunar New Year, with its floral symbolism that reflects courage and hope for the future. The opportunity speaks for a “fresh start,” and this is available any day, wherever there is receptivity for cherishing and developing gentleness and loving care … “Cultivate what makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.”
The definition of nurturing is “the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.” In its ministerial form one person listens to another person’s sharing about self-discovery and growth. The best healer is a restored feeling of well-being that is sourced from the inside, as it supports the ability to find balanced personal, family and societal living, along with a nurturing passageway.
“Seeds mean growth … You’re going to grow into a better you: Advancement, improvement — all these lovely things.”
There is no substitute for life experience, as it takes maturity to set the strong boundaries that lead to feeling safe and grounded in life. Learning how to create, and then keep an emotional balance; this encompasses physical and spiritual qualities, such as: Integration of feminine and masculine energies; ability to nurture through heart-centered energy; recognition of the importance of emotions and calm determination to reach goals.
Wait with great patience. The encouragement inherent in starting fresh is found in slowing down. No more multi-tasking, it is definitely time to take a break and do what is best for self. Good care for well-being is needed to heal the huge energy drain, and most are long overdue for this time and space, in order to refuel and be introspective. A few simple ways to nurture spirit are prayer (asking) and meditation (listening in the silence for the answer): “Sometimes an obstacle is an answer to prayers, pointing in a better direction.”
Upon private reflection, the obstacles and open pathways are clearly seen, along with the desire for soul nourishment, in order to accomplish fullest potential with gracefulness. How is the state of tranquil strength achieved? Just breathe and do it deeply! The sincere and simple plan is Pranayama or yoga breathing. This has been used for thousands of years to encourage rest, and the practice works by quieting the body across its many levels.
“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center … to which we may constantly return.”
According to Deepak Chopra, intention is the starting point of any spiritual path, and intention includes will and purpose, aspiration and highest vision. There are basic intentions that mark a spiritual life, such as “I want to feel God’s presence” or “I want to feel connected to the whole.” Further, it is shared that these intentions are within, and God takes responsibility for carrying them out concurrent with a soul’s master plan. As with most things, there are ground rules:
- “Know your intentions
- Set your intentions high
- See yourself in the light
- See everyone else in the light
- Reinforce your intentions every day
- Learn to forgive yourself
- Learn to let go
- Revere what is holy
- Allow God to take over
- Embrace the unknown “
Priceless gifts. Integration into a harmonious whole is a special gift, and it demonstrates great wisdom to nurture this capacity and to “be generous with your blessings of Spirt.” Once spiritual awareness has matured, along with the sacred experiences of physical and mental healing; this mastery is demonstrated to others through meaningful daily activities that are constructively purposeful and bring value, for the composition of its foundation is compassion.
Affirmation: (by Jonathan Lockwood Huie) “I Am One with Spirit and All Creation – I give thanks for the unity of all creation and for everything that has brought me to this moment. I release my entire being to the gentle nurture of Spirit.”