We're moving headlong into another new year. A time for new beginnings, a time to renew our goals and review our accomplishments. Yet, what if you are not where you planned to be this season? What if last year's goals and aspirations have taken a u-turn for you -- how, then, do you aim to begin anew?
This year was a challenging season for me, personally. My father, who has been my constant source of strength for 43 years, has become critically ill. This year also found me struggling through a terrible bout with depression. Yet, through all of this, I've learned, when we are faced with difficult times, especially during the holidays, it is important to draw on our faith.
This year, when thinking about the new year, I've made it a goal to stay connected to the things that bring me the most joy: My faith, my family and friends and my writing. All these offer a portal to happiness and can bring me from a place of darkness.
With this in mind, and whether or not things are on track for you, you can use my formula to regain healing and wholeness as we approach a new year once again. Here's just a few things, I believe, will help to reconnect you to your joy this holiday season.
Renew Your Faith.
Get close to God by renewing your faith. Take the time to enjoy a church service if you feel inspired or even take the time to do something as simple as getting close to nature. Find the ways God speaks to you. For me, I enjoy reading inspired works from my favorite authors. Anything by Joel Osteen or from Dr. Wayne Dyer have become treasured paths to the divine.
Find Time For Close Family and Friends.
Spending time with family seems an obvious pursuit this season. Yet, what about taking time for a cup of coffee with a special friend that you haven't seen in a while? Spending time with your peers and sharing encouraging conversation can go a long way to opening your heart and letting the good feelings in. Giving gifts or donating to those in need can also create a feeling of abundance. You will reap all these heart warming dividends, as well as giving you time to reflect on those you care about.
Discover Your Gifts.
Taking time to uncover your strengths can improve your life and health in great ways. It can also get you back on an inspired track. Make it a goal this holiday season to make plans for the new year. Take a course you've been wanting to, develop a talent you've been putting off or simply take time with an activity you enjoy. Taking time to learn and share our gifts will not only revive the spirit, but will also build your positive energy.
Even if this year hasn't gone exactly as you had hoped, you can still take the time to review and renew what's in your heart. Taking time to plan ahead and gather ways to fill your spirit will aim to keep you on a healthy track. Be inspired in this new year, it will give you a fresh start and will set you on course for restoration and renewal in this coming season.
Laura M. Turner, M.Sc., CNHP is an author, journalist and wellness mentor specializing in natural anti-aging practices and nutritional medicine. Visit her online at http://www.beauty-and-body.com/ and subscribe to the BodyTalk eZine - http://www.bodytalkezine.com/. While you're there grab her new eBook Retro-Aging and enroll in her"Take Charge Of Your Health" eCourse FREE, as well as improve your health with Nature's Healing Treasures: www.beauty-and-body.com/youngliving.
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