As we approach the end of 2016, it's pretty clear that we are living in the midst of huge changes. We can focus on the things that are ending - perhaps a job, a relationship, or even the sense of peace and security in the world at large. So to focus on what is ending - what we are losing - is to focus on the past. For many people this can bring about a sense of grief or depression.
On the other side of the equation is to focus on the future. We can do this in one of two ways: We can make up stories about the future in which things don't go so well. We envision things getting worse -- more loss, more unwanted changes, more tension in our families. This type of focus tends to bring about anxiety. We make up a story about the future that looks pretty grim and then we believe our story!
The other way of looking at the future is as an open field of possibility, where anything can happen - even the things we most yearn for. When we approach life with this attitude, we often tune in to opportunities which we might otherwise miss. I know that for me, I met someone who mentioned that she teaches yoga at a studio right near my office. I decided to check out this studio because I knew that my own version of yoga at home was getting a bit lax, to put it kindly.
I walked into the studio and immediately loved the vibe and the people who worked there. The class I chose was above my level, but they offered many other classes, so I signed up. Now I find myself offering group sound healings at that studio. By following my heart I found a wonderful community of people with whom I resonate and who offer me a chance to bring my sound healing to a wider audience.
So as 2016 ends, let us focus on the gifts that this past year has brought to us, and let's set our intention to make 2017 a fruitful, productive year filled with peace and fulfillment. I can't think of a better way to promote our own health - can you?
Toni Narins is a licensed acupuncturist, sound healer and author with over 30 years experience in the science and art of heaing. Her approach addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of imbalances