Here Comes The Sun…

2020 has a bad rap. It brought us a lot of upheaval, grief, and death on a global scale. Yet, this 2021 pun roaming around social media makes me laugh every time (2020 won?! Yikes!)… On top of this, we have all had our own personal struggles; coping and juggling with the changes that have occurred in our daily living. We have really had to make a serious pivot.

Despite all this, as the year came to an end, I couldn’t help but feel (for me personally) I have ended up more clear and strong than I have ever been in my life. I understand more than ever what I want out of my work, relationships, and life ahead. For me, 2020 did win. It challenged me and changed me, and I am grateful for that. I feel very fortunate to live where I do, and be a part of a positive community trying to navigate Covid-19 safely.

HERE COMES THE SUN…

One thing I have tried to do this year, is get up before the sun and walk. I end my brisk walk at the waterfront, usually as the sun is rising. I have to say, this has been the most powerful gift 2020 gave me; because every time I see the sun rise, every time I literally witness the light overcoming the dark, I feel peace inside of myself. I know I am okay. The world keeps turning. The sun will always rise and fall. This is life. As much as we try to fight it, control it, manipulate it, and change it… there are some very basic, and natural, laws that will dominate all our efforts. When the sun rises, I feel my grip loosen, my breath deepen, my body settles into ease. My over active mind slows down, I feel my feet on the ground. I fall into deep TRUST. I remember what is important: love. Just. Love.

WHAT DOES 2021 HAVE IN STORE?

To create more, in a variety of ways. Painting, writing, photography, poetry, and networking with other creatives. Perhaps more videos on YouTube, perhaps more online workshops, that part is still in my “dreamscape”… I don’t just want to teach, I want to learn more. I want to dive into the creative nature of LIVING. To “Make Life My Masterpiece.”

Are you a creative? Make sure you connect with Jessica Outram’s “Creativity Coaching” for a variety of inspiring projects. She just launched “Poetry Invites,” and you can also sign up for her free creative prompts “The 8 Learning Spirals.” You can also find her active on her Facebook page “Sunshine In A Jar.” If you are in a creative rut, I especially recommend connecting with this creative community.

What are some of your personal or creative goals for 2021? I would love to hear them (comment below), we can support and inspire one another that way!

Published by JenniferAnneBurke

Yogini since I was 17. Certified yoga instructor since I was 24. Totaling over 20 years of experience. Thousands of hours of practice, teaching, learning, sharing, loving, growing. I believe yoga needs to be made accessible to all people, even if that means simply practicing breath work. My business is named "The Gentle Way of Hatha" because from my personal experience it is the gentle practice that has been the most liberating, and what I wish to share with others. The essence of yoga: inner peace. Finding your calm in the chaos of life. Artist my whole life. Failed OCAD (well I didn't really give it a chance, I dropped out after one semester). Continue to create regardless. Check out JenniferAnneBurke.com to view my work. I love to travel, and hope to make it to Iceland in 2020 for an art adventure.

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