I want to begin by looking back. In assessing the previous year of homeschooling, I want us to focus on the lessons taught that had absolutely nothing to do with curriculum. What did we learn about ourselves? What did we learn about our children?
Can we withhold judgement and view last year as simply information. Some information may inspire change; some may beckon new horizons; some may confirm suspicions. It is all merely information. The question, I think, is how can we use the information in the most positive, life-giving way going forward.
This past year has things to tell us. Let us be brave enough to listen.
- Close your eyes and think back over last year. What words and/or images come to mind?
- Did any questions arise?
- Were any answers given?
- Can you put words around the biggest gain or improvement?
- Can you name your biggest struggle?
- How were you surprised?
After sitting with these questions, journaling about the answers and then giving yourself some time and distance, move onto the following two statements.
- Name one thing from last year you want to carry forward. Tuck this away and know it will be with you always.
- Name one thing from last year you want to release. With an open heart and a tender spirit, gently coax this from your conscious mind. It does not serve you anymore.
You have reflected on last year. You have mined its depths and discovered its offerings. You have embraced one of the gems and left behind one of the stones. In doing this, you bring a sense of equanimity to the present moment. You now stand in a place of balance. Breathe deeply and consciously from the center of your body.
While something may come to an ending on the surface of time, its presence, meaning, and effect continue to be held and integrated into the eternal. This is how spirit unfolds and deepens. In this sense, eternal time is intimate; it is where the unfolding narrative of individual life is gathered and woven. Eternal life is eternal memory; therefore, it becomes possible to imagine a realm beyond endings where all that has unfolded is not canceled or lost, but where the spirit-depths of it are already arriving home.” – John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us
- John O’Donohue’s poem “At the End of the Year” is a beautiful reflection.
- Mark Nepo’s short poem “Thinking like a Butterfly” speaks eloquently about breaking patterns.
- Brené Brown’s words on the “Courage to be Vulnerable” are life changing. Life. Changing.
- This piece of Celtic music captures the cyclical nature of the universe and invites you to step into the flow and dance.
- It is said the bracing bite of ginger inspires courage. This honey-sweetened syrup is delicious mixed with club soda, a splash of lemon and bit of mint.
- These essential oils offer powerful etheric support: valor, peace&calming, joy.