I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago, for some of the same reasons Anne Lamott identifies. And yet I do like to focus my intent for the year every January 1st.
I have a process for this. First I meditate for 15 minutes, although lately my daily meditation has morphed into Michael Brown’s method of consciously connected breathing. For an over-thinker like me who has struggled mightily to empty my mind of thoughts ever since I started meditating 20-some years ago, consciously connected breathing is nothing short of a miracle: when I sit still and focus on feeling my breath, I don’t think. Okay, I barely think.
The next step in focusing my intent is to shuffle my Motherpeace tarot and lay the cards out in a circular spread. This, too, is a practice I have engaged in for more than 20 years. I sometimes read the cards for others, but tarot is a personal tool I mainly use to access my own intuition. It holds much the same purpose for me as meditation, or riding my stationary cycle, or knitting. I record my readings in a special journal—my Book of Shadows, a name I learned from Starhawk. Not that I’m Wiccan. And by special, I don’t mean fancy. I use the plainest lined journals I can find at the office supply store and I number them along the spine. I’m currently using number 5.
So what is my intent for 2016?
With a few added details I’ll keep to myself, it’s the same intent I set every year. You may have seen it already at the bottom of the commatology home page: “I am determined to be transformed by the sounds arising out of the stillness of my soul, and to let my own heart call the tune to which I dance my life.”
May we all dance joyously together in 2016.