Thursday, December 16, 2010


It’s impossible for me not to be touched by joy during this time of year.  I love every part of it.  From Halloween on, I am deeply aware of the days becoming shorter and another year coming to a close, creating time for rest, and for the amazing grace of being reborn into a new and hallowed cycle of ongoing creation.

I feel the energy of this time of the year in my body, as a sense of settling in to the peace in my heart.  My body somehow feels more connected and alive as I begin to release what has transpired in the past year to make room for the new.  Even in this period of winter’s rest, my body responds in anticipation as I begin to open to the miracles that will manifest in the months ahead.

Every year for many years, on New Year’s Eve, my husband, my kids, and their significant others sit together around our dining room table and create treasure maps.  Even in those years when our kids aren’t at home, my husband and I always end the year by creating our treasure maps for what we envision creating in the coming year, and it’s become a tradition in our family.  (I wrote a post on treasure mapping back in January in case you’ve never done one.)  It is a time of fun, connection and creativity, and of great joy.

Through all of the ups and downs of the last year, I’ve done my best.  I’ve embraced this precious year and experienced so much good stuff I can’t even put it into words.  I’ve loved and laughed and felt emotions that ranged from deliciously giddy to achingly painful.  I’ve raced around in non-stop motion and surrendered to the regenerating power of sleep.  I’ve taught quite a bit, but learned much more.

I find myself in this 12th month of the year looking at all I have created, and it is good.  So now I rest for just a bit to enjoy it, and the season helps me do that.  And spirit within me celebrates another sacred year of being here, as one unique expression of the divine.   

I am, and there is no bigger joy than that.

May your heart know the joy of your Being, and may this tool be a blessing. . .


  1. Bless you, my friend. And thank you for the reminders ... all of them.

  2. This is what I did these past few years, although a lot of side-tracking and distractions. So for this coming year we'll continue with our goals and visions... and avoid all (or at least most) of the distractions.

    I guess what you last said will be the most support: being myself, and being aware of it!

  3. Sherry = Thank you for sharing your joy - and for bringing joy with your words.