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Remember, this spring of the Wood Horse year is a good time to set new habits. Choose a simple project and dig in.
Here are some ideas to get you started. The results will be much bigger than you anticipate!
Organize Your Closets
If you need inspiration, check out these articles (with great photographs) by my friend Sara Eizen of Nest. Sara is a gifted designer and organizer. One of her specialties is work with families.
Releasing Your Stuff
As you organize it’s important to release the stuff as you go, or you just end up with new clutter piles. The following resource page from my friend Allison Nelson of The Space Shaman tells you where to take your stuff. Allison is a professional organizer who will help you bring order to all parts of your life.
Get a start on spring cleaning now and you’ll be creating momentum for the entire year to come.
The beginning of the Wood Horse year is characterized by youthful exuberance and unrestricted energy. It’s an undisciplined, unfocused, pure flow of life force. Think wild pony or rambunctious child.
In keeping with the practical nature of the horse, the guidance for success this spring is practical as well. There’s a need to focus and harness the vitality, without becoming distracted or drained. Think training a pony, or offering appropriate limits to a 3-year-old.
Here are three key secrets to success this spring. (And a fourth “bonus” secret.)
Secret #1: Practice the Zen of Daily Life
The Horse Year is all about practical details and the dignity of work. You’ll most easily find the Divine this year by being in your body and attending to the simple practices of daily life. Think “Chop Wood. Carry Water.” Embrace your work. Embrace the care of your home. This is a path to joy and one of the best ways you can participate in the limitless possibilities of the spring.
Secret #2: Embrace Something New
Another way to access the chi of the year is to find “Beginner’s Mind.” Education is a key theme for the year, as it is a prime way to harness and “train” the unlimited creativity that is available. When you focus your energies on learning something new, you access vitality in a special way. Indeed, brain research shows the importance of new learning for maintaining vitality throughout our lives.
This is the perfect year to practice “new thinking.” Take on a creative project. Enroll in a course of study. It doesn’t need to be practical. Your focus will lead to new growth in all of your life. The creative focus of studying something new will help you return to beginner’s mind and see the world in new ways every day.
Secret #3: Nurture Your Physical Vitality
This year, especially the spring, is all about youthful energy. The more you can nurture your physical body the more you’ll be able to “keep up” this year. (Have you spent time with a 3-year-old lately?!) Habits of good food, sleep, and exercise are a priority for the year if you want to be fully available to all of the opportunities.
Another key aspect to the year, if you haven’t already discovered it, is that it will be easier this year to set healthy habits. If you found it hard to follow-through last year, take heart. The Horse energy responds to training, and that translates to support for your own practices of good health. The habits you anchor this year will serve you moving forward.
The Bonus Secret: Showing Up to What “Is”
This principle of “showing up” can be summed up in the word Reciprocity. Reciprocity is a way of living that embraces all of life’s circumstances. There is no “good” or “bad.” No “heaven” or “hell.” No victim thinking. There is only the present moment and your capacity to respond. When you live fully in the moment you are truly on the “leading edge” of creation. From this place your potential is limitless.
To sum up the secrets to success, this year’s practices are all about embodiment.
The last two years have washed away the past and taken us deep, in preparation for what is being born. It’s as if we have emerged from the last two years into a brand new world. It’s very young and fresh and hasn’t yet come to form. This year we will begin to discover what is still waiting beneath the surface.
I invite you to embrace the adventure of the year. Reconnect with your inner three-year-old, the “pony” within. Set up play dates. Explore your ordinary life with the eyes of a young child and you’ll find magic in every moment.
There’s a force of creative change in the air. Can you feel it? At the end of this week, with Thursday’s New Moon, we say goodbye to the Water Snake and cross the threshold into the Year of the Wood Horse.
There could hardly be two more contrasting “tides of chi” than what we experienced in the 2013 Snake Year and what is coming now in 2014 with the Horse.
Imagine the difference of being in the deepest depths of the ocean with a giant mysterious sea serpent and now, suddenly, rising up from the depths to step onto a wild stallion, ready to charge across the plain.
This will be a year to charge forward in your life.
Each year I choose a word that describes my intentions and focus for the year. My word for 2013 was “Balance.” I embraced the deep and internal energy of the Water Snake year to support my own journey within. As I danced with the circumstances in my life, I returned to this touchstone of “Balance” again and again. The teachings unfolded.
This year I’m feeling the eagerness of the Horse. I’m ready to charge forward and manifest in the world. My word for 2014 is “Vitality.” I’m eager to take the deep roots and internal strength of last year and come out to the light of day through creative activity in the world. I intend to nurture my vitality so that I’m ready for the adventures ahead.
What’s your word for 2014? What practices, habits, and positive mindset will support you? The next few days are the perfect time to take stock and reflect on the gifts of the last two years, and your visions for moving forward. Feel your own eagerness for what’s coming.
You don’t have to know exactly what will happen. Just enjoy the feeling of creativity and potential that’s surrounding you. Your word will emerge. Your Self already knows.
Thursday’s New Moon is opening the door to the New Year. I invite you to take some time to celebrate your life.
Here are Some Ideas to Get You Started
- Set aside some time for reflection and creative play
- Feel the eagerness of what is coming
- Choose a contemplative activity: take a walk, make a cup of tea, grab your journal, consult your Tarot cards
- Draw, paint, dance, sing
- Use a journal template – I love Susan Conway’s “Unraveling the Year Ahead.” The first half covers your reflections on the previous year, the second half is for visioning your future.
Want more inspiration? Check out this week’s New Moon Tarot. There’s some practical and positive guidance for entering the Year of the Horse. To receive Tarot readings in your inbox update your subscription here.
There are so many blessings awaiting you this year. The Wood Horse loves new activity and creative challenge. In the coming months you will have ample opportunities for both.
The 2014 Alchemy Mastery Program starts March 1. Enrollment is open now! This is THE year to change your life and the Alchemy Program can make it happen. Please contact me to learn more, or visit the Alchemy School website to see how this program can help you expand into your fullest purpose and create lasting change in your life.
Click on the following links for registration and to learn more about each of these upcoming events.
- February Manifesting Session. Feb 5. Start the month with clarity and inspired sense of purpose. Join me live for the call or participate remotely. You will receive a recording of the call. This is a great way to kick off the Year of the Horse.
- Year of the Horse Evening Presentations. Feb 13 and 19. Get new insights and practical tools for the year. Limited seating. Reserve today.
- New Year Manifesting with Tarot. Feb 22-23. Introduction class on Saturday, Manifesting day on Sunday. Sign up for one day or both.
- Alchemy Reiki Training. Mar 7-9. Reiki is a universal modality that benefits every part of your life. Only 3 spaces available, Details and registration here.