Try something new with your resolutions for 2021…..

I’m going to ask you to try something.

Take a moment and stare into the flickering flames of the fire or a candle, let the light flicker and play – watch as it dances in an endless rhythm of light.

Take a walk in the day, watch the frost on the dormant twigs, see how it shines in the sunlight, watch the lustre glistering in the moonlight.

Embrace the rapture of quiet, calm, reflective, winter.

Now, having done these things, reflect on how you feel.

Winter is the time of reflection.  See the water frozen over, providing the perfect natural opportunity to witness yourself, as you truly are, no ripples to distort or interrupt, everything still, everything calm, including us.

Much of nature is in hibernation now; cosied up beneath a blanket of thick frost and frozen ground.  Icy paths present us with an opportunity to glide,  fleet footed, quietly dancing with the beauty of this quiet, frozen time.

Remember you are part of the natural world, the seasons of the natural year echo and vibrate through you, calling us to rest, to reflect and to venture within.

Winter is the dream time, a time of short, short days and long, dark nights. A time to hibernate and let the dreaming body venture away, exploring ideas without commitment, embracing the freedom to browse your future possibilities, with no intention to buy; not yet.

How often do you make your New Year resolutions on the stroke of midnight? Racing to get them fixed before the final chime has rung? Ready to fling yourself, all guns blazing into a brand new year, a brand new you.

But, wait

What of the ‘old’ you?

What of the wise you who learned so much during the previous year (and all the years before that) what of them?

Winter is the time to sit with yourself, to scrutinise and reflect, to ask yourself some intimate questions and allow yourself to hear the answers.

Winter is a time of gathering.

Gathering knowledge, insights, dreams, ideas and wisdom.

Gathering your self, assembling the pieces that make you and allowing them to gently combine into the person you will share with the world this year.

Like searching through a long forgotten chest to see what treasures are hidden there, before deciding the fate of the container, let us first explore what precious gifts it holds.

Winter is the season to explore the self, deeply and courageously.

It is the time to make peace with your fears, your insecurities, your frustrations and your creativity, time to explore – are you ready to try something new?.

It is the time to journey inward and connect with your inner direction, embrace your confidence, and courageously balance your cautious, careless, reckless aspects, taking ownership of all that IS you and creating resolution, within yourself, to carry you through the year ahead.

If 2020 has taught us anything it is that it’s not plans and actions that see us through, it is courage.  Courage in the face of uncertainty.

Use this time to embrace your courageous self, sit with it, raise a glass to it, thank it, seek knowledge from it, above all, allow the courageous part of you to rest, for, after the year we have experienced, it is likely that your courage is depleted and Winter is the time that we replenish out depleted reserves, filling them until they are full.  

Rest and reflection are the tools that enable this.  

Allow yourself to play with ideas and dreams, who would you like to be this year? Think of it as a game of dress-up.  Try on different ideas of you for size, prepare to mix and match until the person you wish to be emerges, try something new until, finally, just in time for Spring.

Come Spring you will have the energy, the confidence and the courage to burst into bud and blossom and, what’s more, with your reserves refuelled, you will have all the resources you need to achieve everything you dreamed of.

Happy New Year.

Claire


Claire Cutler-Casey is a professional Kinesiology Practitioner and Touch For Health instructor as well as delivering a variety of business and well-being workshops designed to help you navigate the process of change.

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The power of ‘unplugged’

……there is life beyond the screen and the continual interruptions of the notification bell……

March 6/7th 2020 is #national unplugging day. A day where we are encouraged to untether ourselves from the electronic devices that now take up so much of our time, energy and attention and feel the power of ‘unplugged’.

The idea behind national unplugging day is to remind us that there is life beyond the screen and the continual interruptions of the notification bell. It feels like no coincidence that national unplugging days falls immediately after World Book Day.

What better way to unplug from the world than curling up with a good book?

I was delighted to see that these two days fell simultaneously as I had chosen world book day to launch my first book, a work book designed to help people innovate and create change in their own lives, a gentle guide full of insights, ideas, techniques and illustrations to fire up your imagination and help you remove the obstacles that keep tripping you up.

Maybe the inability to ‘unplug’ yourself from the world is one of those obstacles.

Is your inability to unplug from the world one of the obstacles blocking your creativity?

I carried out a small experiment a few years ago, into the power of ‘unplugged’, creating a valuable habit as a result of the benefits experienced.

Every night I switch off the modem that powers my internet. They have an off switch, who knew ?

Then I set my devices to charge in another room, away from where I sleep. If this is not feasible for you, try moving them to the foot of the bed, rather than having them on the bedside table, and remember to switch the mobile data off.

I found that I slept better and was more rested and refreshed when I woke up and this benefit continues to this day.

I bought myself a little digital alarm clock to wake me up and have developed a very different attitude to those notification bells. I’ve also given important people my land line number because, some days, I choose to leave the internet switched off, to minimise distractions and give my creativity space to roam.

If you feel that one of the obstacles that’s holding you back might be the inability to unplug from these constant distractions, give this a try. Yes, it feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but once you get into the habit the feelings of peace and deep sleep soon pay off.

If you’d like to find our more insights and practical tips to help you get where you want to be, check out my new book, which is being launched through a crowd funding campaign, all the details can be found here


Claire Cutler-Casey is a professional Kinesiology Practitioner and Touch For Health instructor as well as delivering a variety of business and well-being workshops designed to help you navigate the process of change.

If you would like to book a 1:1 Kinesiology session, please click here.

You can also join our online community here.