Officially, we’re still at the beginning of 2017 and there’s nothing like the start of a new year to bring forth feelings of hope and renewal. Although I am well-known for saying that we can declare a new beginning in our lives at any time, there’s still something special about the beginning of a new year.
My question to you is this: where will you put your energy this year?
We direct our energy in many different ways: where we put our attention; the words we think, speak, and write; the people and causes we do or don’t support; how we spend our time and money; what we read; the work in which we engage on a daily basis… and on it goes.
It is well worth our time to decide where we will put our energies this year, where we will put them on a daily and even hourly basis. Why? Because that will determine our experiences as well as impacting those of the people in our lives. Here’s some ideas to explore.
Spiritual Focus. Do you have a spiritual focus or do your drift from practice to practice without mastering any? It’s difficult to imagine Elton John being a masterful musician and composer if he had spread his attention around; a bit on music, some on chemistry, a bit on tennis, and then a little bit more on cooking. I’m not saying he doesn’t have interests other than music because I’m sure he does. However, he focused on music – playing, singing, and composing – until he mastered it. And I’m sure he studied with others who could help him reach his goal.
This is what we need to do with our spiritual practices. Find something that works for us and which we can commit to, something that makes a difference to us, and then practice it faithfully on a daily basis and become a master at it. And we can find a person or organization that teaches this and learn from them.
Mental Focus. Is there some way you can improve your mental abilities? Perhaps it’s something related to your job or business. Maybe there is a class you can take or a new skill you could learn. Maybe you could learn more about how to use technology, or perhaps improve your understanding of accounting principles, or maybe you could learn a new language. Instead of just letting your brain continue down the same neural pathways it has always traveled, boost it by providing new information and creating new pathways. This is one of the best tips to help you stay young and involved with life, no matter what your age.
Financial Focus. Where do you spend your money? What businesses do you support? Take a good look at this because this is a huge issue facing the planet right now. Small businesses are having a tough time of it while many of the big companies continue to take advantage of their employees, avoid paying their share of taxes, and manipulate the political process. So, why do we give them our money?
Sometimes, it can’t be helped, of course, because some of the big companies provide products or services we can’t get any other way. However, there are other instances where we make a decision who to support with our dollars.
For instance, brick and mortar book stores. Although it is true that technology is moving towards replacing the printed word, I don’t believe it will ever totally replace physical books. Most of the people I talk to treasure their books. Even though they may own electronic reading devices, they still purchase physical books. But they tend to use online resources instead of going to their physical bookstores.
The sad part of this is that these same people get upset when their local bookstore closes because they used to love going there to browse or attend a class. In our community, especially, it is because of our brick and mortar stores that we can attend classes, meet authors, and be with others who are also walking their spiritual journey. And some of these stores now also sell electronic books.
The next time you want to buy a book or a CD or a special gift, check out one of the metaphysical stores near you. Shop with them if at all possible. Support the businesses and people who matter to you.
Social Focus. Who do you spend time with? We exchange energy when we are with other people. It is wise to be selective about the company we keep. It’s difficult to stay centered and focused if we spend a lot of time with people who are simply floating through life without any specific aims. Find people who share your vision, goals, and focus. The exchange of energy will help both of you stay on your paths.
Spending some time setting your focus in these areas will support you in becoming the person you want to be. Our lives are journeys. They are not destinations. Focus on the quality of your journey this year. Pay attention to where you are placing your energy. If you find you are not getting the results you want, take a look at how you are spending your time, your thoughts, your money, your energy.
Find the holes where you are letting your precious energy leak and plug them with the power of your intention and attention. 2017 is going to be an interesting ride. Let’s make it a magnificent one!