If a [pilgrim] set out from home on a journey, and kept right on going, he/she would come back to his/her own front door.
~ Sir John Mandeville, fourteenth century
As we prepare to walk in these winter sunrise walks, there seems to be an apparent stillness and quiet to the movement of the sun and to the land we walk upon. For some, this is an opportunity to reflect on the year behind us and to map/vision the year ahead.
What do you want to let go of from this past year?
Are you beginning to vision new inner maps and directions?
Some people say that at this time, there is a thin veil between the outer world and that which is deepest in our heart. There are opportunities to touch these deepest places in the most obscure, random and unusual ways. Each has the potential of being a blessing. This is a time to be mindful. You may get a blessing from someone in line at a grocery store, someone having coffee at the table next to you or from an animal that has found you (or vice versa) in nature. Perhaps it comes in the form of a phone call from an old friend. If you’re mindful, you’ll recognize that some place inside of you is deeply touched.
Here are some suggestions to begin your walk either in community or on your own. These connections touch your inner compass as you walk into your next year. This is a magical and mysterious time. Please join us January 2 – 6 at The Epiphany Sunrise Walks.
Reviewing this last year.
What memories, like night stars, shine most brightly in your mind and heart. Maybe you had births, maybe there were losses but our inner being can be nurtured by both. Are there any of these “night stars” that you want to carry with you into the new year?
Following our inner maps or making new maps.
Sometimes our year goes as planned, other times there are many unexpected turns and twists. What aspects of this last year did you plan and what parts were surprises to you? How did you respond to the unplanned? Are there any of these maps that you want to carry with you into the new year?
Take time to vision.
Can you begin to find a word that will lead you through the year. It might be a word that you heard over this past holiday season, or in the last year. It can be a symbol of how you listen and live your life in your journeys of the year to come.
I hope these suggestions are useful for your walk through these starry nights and step into the new year. You can sign up here for The Epiphany Sunrise Walks.
Looking forward to seeing you on The Epiphany Sunrise Walks.