It is during the last week of each year that I hunker down and do some reflection. My attempt to reveal what I have gained and what I have lost over the last 365 days. Sometimes, this ritual can be rather transformational.
Socrates proclaimed that “the unexamined life was not worth living.” Our hectic schedules and general busy-ness means it is often difficult to live the fully examined life. But this is the time of year where we can make an effort to note our changes, celebrate our wins, and acknowledge the people who mean the most to us.
Then we review the things we let go of over this year and as necessary, grieve those losses. The grieving is necessary to complete the process of release. This inventory is the very foundation of a spiritual life.
A spiritual life is not a special life. All the quotes and memes littering our consciousness, and social media feeds, about spiritual practices often appear grandiose and overly positive. Developing your spirituality and navigating your own road, rather than conforming to society isn’t easy. It can be lonely, messy, and confusing.
W.B. Yeats once wrote: “It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.” And this year, there has been plenty of opportunity for reflecting on those dark corners. Despite those bits, I am, as usual, looking forward to the symbolic new beginning, a new year brings.
Each new year is a gift ripe with fresh opportunities. I hope all of you can embrace the unknown road ahead with optimism and hope after your personal year-end review.
I wish you a fond close to the year and infinite blessings in the new one!
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Laura Rowe is an Intuitive Strategist & Spiritual Teacher at The Vital Spirit. Living in Portland, Oregon, Laura founded The Vital Spirit, an entity that seeks to be an instrument in the ongoing shift in human consciousness. She has a background in business operations, a master’s degree in organizational management, and she currently works to serve empaths and lightworkers who are living their Light in their livelihoods, relationships, and communities.