The Power of Opening - My impulse for 2015

 “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin

Every year I choose a theme or a word.

A few years ago it was CREATIVITY.  That’s the year choir!choir!choir! came into my life.

2014 was SUPPORT and the year saw me shift from someone who found it almost impossible to ask for and receive help to someone who asks for support almost daily.

2014 was a challenging year in many ways, beautiful too.  The biggest challenge has been my father entering into his 2nd year of palliative care.  He's recently moved from creating and doing to a state of just being. 

SUPPORT has enabled me to grow my business during a time of grief and challenge.

Because of course I can’t do it alone.  I wouldn’t be able to do it alone even if my father wasn’t dying, but my current reality has made it impossible to move forward without SUPPORT. I’ve had to ditch my loner ways and reach out even when all I want to do is hide under my purple faux fur blanket and watch Gilmore Girls.

Something beautiful is coming out of this time and something that is bringing love and connection into so many lives including my own.

Which brings me to my impulse for 2015.

My word for 2015 is OPENING.

What else is there to do but open?

Open to Love.

Open to Grief.

Open to Spirit.

Open to Connection.

Open to Self.

Open to LIFE.

I’m curious what I will discover during this year of OPENING.  What gifts and challenges await me?

What’s possible when you decide to open instead of hide?
What’s possible when you decide to open instead of fight?
What’s possible when you decide to open in the face of death?
What’s possible when you decide to say YES instead of no?

I guess I’ll find out and maybe some of you will join me for the ride.  

I’d love to hear from you.  Do you have a word for the year?  What did you learn last year?

Please let me know in the comments below.

Sending so much love and OPENING,

p.s. I'm organizing an incredible 7 Day Residential Meditation Retreat where you can learn the technique that has brought me the most experiences of opening and has been a tremendous support during this challenging time.  Inner Space Interactive Sourcing is deep, profound and powerful.  My dear friend Samantha Keen will be leading this workshop and I'll be assisting along with Marcela Crowe and Sue Lewis.  There is so much warmth and heart waiting for all of us at this workshop.  Support and opening.  It's coming up February 27th to March 6th at the beautiful Ecology Retreat Centre near Orangeville near Toronto and we have room for 20 sincere seekers who are looking for MORE.  Check out the event website it you're curious

p.p.s. I'm giving a talk on the Power of Opening coming up next Wednesday, January 14th at 7pm at the Centre for Social Innovation.  It's free and you can sign up HERE.