Wednesday, 30 December 2009

New Year Goals

This time of year resonates with me. A fresh start, a new year, whole new possibilities...

In November I joined Melisa's group Be A Beacon. It really has changed the way I think in unexpected ways. I am finding it very helpful in my personal life & in my life with the Lord (the two are very much one & the same...)

So, inspired by the Be A Beacon programme, I have just one New Year's goal -

To differentiate in Prayer & meditation between essentials & non-essentials

This is the first of Steiner's Six Exercises.

This exercise has helped me so much. For me, it transforms from the inside out, whereas before, my 'simplification' I think has been more 'outside in'

Does that make any sense???

I know I will fall short of perfection...& being a perfectionist, this is tough for me to deal with...but spending time with God, praying & meditating on what truly matters brings me to ponder that there is no place for perfectionism in my life, anyway. - It is a non-essential.

Psalm 63

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

I would love to hear of your own new year goals - please let me know your thoughts...


Tari said...

I understand what you mean. My prayer for a very long time was to be content with Godliness. My prayers now have changed to living a Righteous life, doing right in the sight of God, not nesscessarily doing what is good but what is right. This has simplified my life.

Lynn said...

thank you Tari

Jen said...

This is deep, Lynn and wonderful! Inner work can be so intense, but it is also so freeing. I am sorry I don't have a resolution to share just yet - I tend to get so overwhelmed by so much I want to improve upon or change that I sometimes just don't know where to start. But I always try to embrace the core of loving others and dealing with each special person who comes into my life and each individual situation with compassion, understanding, altruism and love. Some days and with certain people, it's not always easy, but I try to refocus myself on that, especially during this time of year.

Happy New Year to a wonderful mom, teacher and friend!

(((Hugs))), Jen

Lynn said...

Jen, thank you for sharing. I get *really* overwhelmed by all I want to do / be , which is why I really like this meditation. Happy new year to you!