The earth has circled around the sun yet again, and many of us find ourselves in a similar place as we did this time last year; ready to make a commitment to that which is important, and close to our hearts. Perhaps it is a desire to more deeply commit to your health, to your relationships, or to your career. What you are committed to does not measure the success of your intentions. It is the strength of your commitment that will determine success.
How can we fortify the agreement we decide to make with ourselves, in order to bring to fruition the important matters of our hearts?
As I contemplate this question, I thought I would share with you some of the ideas I’ve had that have bubbled up to the surface.
-Clarity. Take the time to get quiet, allowing the crystal clarity of your soul’s pure intentions to shine brightly on the horizon of your mind’s eye. Once we’ve gotten clear, we can unwaveringly hold a purposeful vision, and exist to bring it into our way of being.
-Accessibility. Ground into the reality of your goals and aspirations, and if they feel far away, move back from your goal in tangible steps until you reach the one right in front of you, and take a step forward. Keep taking one simple step at a time until you’ve reached your dream destination.
-Digestibility. It’s got to be attainable! Only bite off that which you can chew. I learned that the hard way when I decided to birth two children and a business within the scope of two years! From that point on, I understood the importance of thoroughly digesting the projects I initiated in life.
-Integrity (with your Self).
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching”. Boom.
-Quality. Choosing quality as a commitment will often lead you to what is important to you, as your assessment of high quality is based on what is in alignment with your values system. The closer your goals are to your values, the easier they are to commit to.
-Opportunity (to be good to your Self).
I like to see new, or renewed commitments as an opportunity to really treat myself. A re-treat so to speak, as I embark on a journey that further sets my spirit free. Ultimately, commitments have the potential to birth freedom from the self imposed constraints of negative habits.
-Get with a program! For me, a structured layout as to how I am going to get to the place I would like to be, helps keep me tethered to my intention. I see the program as a practice, and then take with me many of the newly formed patterns I’ve repeated throughout the regime. Studies have shown that the brain’s neural pathways can be readapted to one’s current pattern of choice. So flex your commitment muscles- repetition of choice exercises your will!
-Connect. As I am dedicated to healthy relationships, I continually commit to building my emotional intelligence in various ways. A favourite way that I have supported emotional health over the years is by weaving Flower Essences into my basket of plant remedies. Their vibrational medicine acts specifically on the emotional body, cutting through to the heart of the matter and fortifying my ability to navigate emotional waters within myself, and with others.
When connections deepen through healthy relationships, the web of support they provide helps to strengthen our will and desire to choose what is beneficial to our being, and self destructive habits can more easily fall away. Recent studies are discovering that one of the antidotes to addiction is connection (more to come on this in next month’s blog). Committing to the health of your relationships is also a commitment to the health of your self!
-Spirituality (Dedication, Devotion, Self Love).
Envisioning a commitment as part of your lifelong path to fulfilling your purpose allows for the gates of devotion to open into the moment. Have faith and believe in miracles (how deeply do you dare to dream?). Know that the fact you live and breathe on this beautiful planet is a miracle in itself, and that your belief in manifesting your dreams is the strongest commitment you can give yourself!
-Positivity. Dropping the judgements around what is impure, bad, toxic, evil, or damaging helps keep you in line with your good intentions. Labeling your choices in a somber tone can cultivate feelings of shame, guilt, and anxiety- all of which impose negative pressure that perpetuates the choices you desire to leave behind.
-Sow Seeds. Traditionally, cultures that harmonize with seasonal cycles, sowing seeds in late winter is common practice. Seeds are not only representative of growing plants, but also of dreams, intentions, goals, and aspirations. Now is the time to plant your seeds, and re-write the expired internal stories that no longer serve the current vision of your highest self.
Growth is not always an easy path, and as one of our committed and courageous leaders at Harmonic Arts once eloquently expressed to me,
“Sometimes it takes getting uncomfortable to get through to the place we want to be”.
Moving forward, as you look back at your process; celebrate accomplishments, that which you do well, what you master, your successes, and your wins!
Let gratitude raise your altitude and keep your commitments strong!
With commitments to health always on mind, even though cleansing is popular this time of year, the deep winter season isn’t as conducive a time to cleanse as spring and fall would be. Some of the kits I gravitate towards post holiday season are the Immune Kit, Vitality Kit, and Gut Ecology Kit, saving the Cleanse Kit for a time a few months further into the year (and of course, the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit we especially like to play with come cupid’s call next month!).
Please share your ideas below, and may we rise, as a community, to our highest potential.
Angela Willard became a Clinical Herbalist through the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in 2005. She has since practiced as an Herbalist through many avenues including consulting, growing herbs, wildcrafting, and co-creating Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary. Angela actively adds herbal and health tools to her basket of wisdom by continually upgrading her knowledge with a strong focus on Women’s health and wellness. Sharing information that empowers people to live with integrity and reach their highest potential is a true calling, one which fuels her on her path. She balances her time between raising a young family and nourishing her passionate purpose as an herbalist.