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WELLBEING


The nature of change


January heralds a new year – the right time to plant the seed of a new idea. This circle of change will take you from creation to closure, and round again


CREATION


Creation is the new beginning. You might be starting a flower border, setting up a new business enterprise, getting married, having a baby, buying a new car or house, or investing in something new. The excitement – and trepidation – are part of the surge of creativity, a sort of adrenaline buzz that makes the butterflies in your tummy start to whirl round and round! I think of January as being the perfect month for a new start: and it does not have to involve joining a gym.


GROWTH


When a living system begins to grow and develop, it takes shape and new patterns of behaviour start to develop. This is called self organising. Your seeds sprout, your business takes shape and shows growth, you and your partner are madly in love, your baby starts walking and talking, your car gets through its teething troubles, you settle into your new home and your investment shows growth. Anything is possible, and spring is in the air, and in your step too.


MATURITY


This is the best state: your garden is in full bloom, your business is making a profit, your child passes his or her exams, your relationship is going really well, your child is healthy and developing well – and your home and your car are running brilliantly! This is the stage we all aim for and the one we most relish. We naturally fear its end. Much as we love the summer, we know it cannot last forever.


TURBULENCE & CHAOS


Your seed bed is overgrown, your staff members are rebelling, you and your partner are fighting, your child is behaving like a naughty teenager, your roof leaks or your car gets a rattle. This is notification that it’s time for change or chaos will set in. As the system falls apart your flowers die, you and partner can’t communicate, your car won’t start, your roof falls in, your staff have rallied the support of the union and your child threatens to leave home. Beware October and November and the winter blues.


LETTING GO


In order to move forward you have to let go, end a dysfunctional relationship, dig over the flower bed, replace the choke on the car, reorganise or downsize the business, re-do the whole roof, let your child leave home... or change something about your behaviour. We humans resist these natural cycles of change very strongly. In nature when something has had its time, it passes. Letting go prepares you for the cycle to begin again. It’s a birth and rebirth that you are facing – embrace it at the end of your fruitful year.


INWARD SILENCE


Stand naked in the moment – allow for healing renewal and rejuvenation, and let creativity and growth begin anew. Happy New Year! t&l by Sarah Hodgson


timeandleisure.co.uk . January 2015 . 19


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