Ready for Renewal

Ready for Renewal?

August 7, 2018

If you hear the word “renew,” what comes to mind?

Perhaps your Amazon membership, your magazine subscription or your passport. You’re not wrong but, like so many words with rich origins, renew has many meanings. In fact, for giggles, peruse Webster (or, if you’re under 30, Google) and scan the multiple definitions.

At a soul level, maybe you answered differently. Perhaps your spirit cried out, “The feeling of having fresh life, greater strength or inner peace.” I know my soul longs for these things and, through continual mediation, I seek them passionately. I encourage you to:

  1. Accept that you are craving a deep, genuine renewal
  2. Vocalize to your heart and mind that you deserve renewal
  3. Seek it within yourself, not in the world

If you can begin to do these things, you’re ready for renewal to take root. Because, honestly friends, as much as I adore a spa day or a vacation getaway (and believe me, I do), the lasting and most beneficial renewal is from the inside out.

Looking at the Old Testament Greek word for renewal, we findĀ anakainosis. What intrigues me is that it means “renovation” or a “complete change for the better.” Consider the power in renovating or actively transforming your mindset. Sink into the promise of a total change . . . that is designed to bring better to your life. That renewal, friends is soul changing!

So, as you pray, meditate or reflect, take in this wondrous renewal with gratitude.

The New New Year

January 6, 2014

With virtually the whole world focused on January 1 and the countdown to a fresh page on the Gregorian calendar, it was intriguing to hear about the “resets” intended in the lifestyles, Facebook profiles and choices of so many. I simply tilted my head at the thought that a day full of hangovers, house cleaning and sports could so influence the psyche of such a broad people. Hmmm.

Perplexed, I tried to get onboard and consider January 1 a fresh start. I attempted to schedule more gym time, let go of past relationships and focus more on wellness-motivated endeavors. Ok, that was so so. Then, I tried January 2 and 3, but meetings, work, laundry, bills and grocery shopping claimed my time. Plus, admittedly, a little sleep to catch up from all of the holiday revelry of the prior two weeks. I considered January 4 but it was the close of the week, a friend’s birthday party and a day of errands. When January 5 came around, I was too exhausted to even think about resetting anything but the channel on Pandora. Well, huh. I meditated and sought inner guidance. The clear answer: January 6 is the beginning of a hopeful new year. Obviously.

It’s about clearing that which does not serve us, disposing of the debris of holiday indulgence (as well as crispy Christmas trees) and remembering what the rhythm of life feels like. Then, I saw this article, “January 6 is most depressing day of year, study says.” Ouch.

Let’s pause for a moment. No offense to the U.K., but their studies are notoriously skewed in a somber direction with such past gems as “Happiness study finds that UK is passing point of peak life satisfaction.” Way to be a bucket full of rainbows, Brits. God love ya.

If you sense sarcasm in my voice, ding ding. Being hopeful doesn’t mean that you have to be sickeningly sweet or unrealistically buoyant. Every breath of every minute of every hour of every day is a chance to reset, my friends.

I persisted. Post meditation and with an open heart, I saw a post from an inspiring Italian friend who shared a story like this: “The night before Epiphany in Italy . . . ” It’s an interesting notion and made me think about how one individual can recognize the goodness in others. Moreover, Wikipedia notes that Befana, “will sweep the floor before she leaves . . . sweeping away . . . problems of the year.” Sweeping away the problems of the year? I love it. That’s a hopeful act, indeed.

So, instead of giving into the mass media hysteria of when you are supposed to be a new you, when you are expected to be depressed and how many ways life is falling short, try sweeping. Sweep away the woes, sweep away the worries, sweep away the relationships that abuse, sweep away the idea that you aren’t worth it, sweep away the obstacles to your hopeful new year.

Much love and abundant hope to Lilli Peter at Quantum Neter for this “epiphany.”

Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function twentytwelve_content_nav() in /home/cdahfs76/public_html/theworldneedshope/wp-content/themes/twnh-mcclellan/index.php:35 Stack trace: #0 /home/cdahfs76/public_html/theworldneedshope/wp-includes/template-loader.php(78): include() #1 /home/cdahfs76/public_html/theworldneedshope/wp-blog-header.php(19): require_once('/home/cdahfs76/...') #2 /home/cdahfs76/public_html/theworldneedshope/index.php(17): require('/home/cdahfs76/...') #3 {main} thrown in /home/cdahfs76/public_html/theworldneedshope/wp-content/themes/twnh-mcclellan/index.php on line 35