This year has been an incredible year for all of us. Incredibly difficult, incredibly anxiety provoking, and incredibly disruptive and disturbing. It’s easy to look at 2020 and call it an incredibly bad year due to
- the very real consequences of COVID for all of us
- loss of freedom of movement, income and so much more
- the institutionalised racial injustice and the conflicts in society as a result
- the massive uncertainties around Brexit
- the fires, storms and floods in different parts of the world due to climate change
The list goes on…
But as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining! And in this last month of the year I want to encourage you to spend some time to explore for yourself what that might mean to you. Why do I want you to do this? Because it has been my experience that the most resilient and positive people are those who go through their lives reframing their experience in this way.
Ask yourself: How has 2020 been an ally? Maybe 2020 has brought you more time with people you care about, a welcome slowing down of pace, and the discovery of solidarity? Maybe you found more time to be in nature, or enjoyed the unexpected quiet of less traffic, or the better air quality? Can you feel when you do that how your perspective shifts and the year does not look quite so bad anymore? Reflecting on what was positive is one thing. If you want to dig deeper and gain more benefits, you want to become an alchemist and transform the most difficult aspects of 2020 into gold. Let’s explore how you can create the gold by exploring in what ways 2020 has been most uncomfortable and challenging differently.
Questions to Ask Yourself to Turn 2020 Into Gold:
- What has 2020 asked me to face that I’ve been unwilling to face up until now?
- What else has it asked me to face? (Repeat question until you can’t find anything else.)
- What aversion to “people out there” has shown up this year that is an invitation for me to own and accept that I have this aspect too? How is ‘people showing up just the way they are’ an invitation to own and accept those parts I have an aversion to?
- How am I becoming more emotionally intelligent because of what has happened this year?
- What addictions am I facing and shifting because of 2020?
- How has suffering (mine and others) been an ally? What has it taught me? (compassion, determination, heartbreak, etc.)
- What specific discomfort has been the greatest ally in helping me learn and grow?
If you allow yourself to fully engage in these questions, by the end of your investigation you might think and feel very differently about this year and most likely yourself. Give it a go!
If you found 2020 particularly anxiety provoking here is something you might like to participate in. I will run a two day course on how to manage anxiety in January 2021. The course will be running for half a day on two weekends. One part will be on Saturday 9th January and the other on Saturday 16th. This course will be held live online.
Find out more here.
another excellent way to reduce anxiety is to learn how to be mindful.
For more information and to book go here.
If you think that someone you know might benefit from one of the courses I will run in January, please pass this on.
May you thrive in life!