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Welcoming the wholeness of our humanity

By AMANDA MCCORMICK
Posted 1/25/22

I want to wish you a warm welcome to a new year, and invite you to take a moment to welcome yourself.

For some, the energy of new intention may still feel very alive. Others may be feeling the …

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Welcoming the wholeness of our humanity

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I want to wish you a warm welcome to a new year, and invite you to take a moment to welcome yourself.

For some, the energy of new intention may still feel very alive. Others may be feeling the monotony of another day in life.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum, taking time to acknowledge and welcome ourselves to a new day, a new year, a new intention, even a new breath—exactly as we are—can be really grounding, nourishing and empowering.

One of my teachers says, “When we feel welcomed, we show up more.”

Remember a time you felt truly welcomed somewhere, and how positively your spirit responded to others’ desire and excitement of your sheer presence.

We have the opportunity to give that to ourselves every single day! To welcome ourselves to the moment; to welcome ourselves to life.

And welcoming not just the happy, shiny parts, but the wholeness of our human being, which includes grief from loss, disappointment from unmet expectations, and fear of the unknown as much as joy.

I invite you to give all parts of you a seat at the table.

Give them all a bed to sleep in.

Shine a spotlight of presence and acknowledgment, welcoming each of them whole-heartedly, and see how this approach grows the feeling of appreciation—a form of gratitude, a vibration of love.

See how this approach acts as an invitation from you, to you, to show up more fully—to see, hear, feel, be wholly and authentically you in 2022. And with consistent effort and tender compassion, may this self-imposed welcoming acknowledgment and acceptance turn into full-fledged gratitude; a gratitude that grows to include all the mundane extravagances and magical simplicities of life.

Amanda McCormick lives in Hortonville, NY.

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