In the spirit of reflection as we get closer to the end of the year I want to suggest the following five-step ref… Just kidding!
I personally don’t like to do the lists and steps. I like to sit at my breakfast table and simply enjoy the satisfaction of pushing through a year of challenges, appreciating every free breath I can take and start imagining my preferred future for next year.
Perhaps, in short, you can say I like to sit and breathe, reflect and dream. That’s all. Nice and simple.
I would also like to share another idea that has kind off happened by itself over the last few weeks: I have gone back and read a number of the books that I have read over the last year or so. I don’t know about you but I am an avid reader of non-fiction. I don’t stop learning. I am curious and hungry for knowledge in order to open my eyes to different ways of being and, ultimately, growing. As the year entered the second half I realised that I have some really amazing books and many of the inspiring ideas and awesome information is worth revisiting.
Even more important is the way that I approached the books the second time around. Instead of reading for facts and looking to new horisons in business and society I applied meditative reading. Some books I started to read from the beginning again and others I looked to my notes and marks and contemplatively reread a paragraph or quote, pausing and thinking of how I have or have not incorporated it into my life.
Not only have I saved on buying new books but in many cases I have actually discovered new meaning as certain passages now make more sense as time has gone by.
I took in less but I took it in deeper.
…And this suits me just fine as I go towards the end of the year. I want to take it all in deeper, refresh and look forward to an amazing 2016.
I want to take from the challenges of 2015 and live and even deeper, calm and inspirational life in 2016. I want to learn from my survival moments and create life!
As I said, I am not one for specific reflection tools or tricks but I believe in appreciating what I have and learning from the past. How about you?