Judging by the end-of-year social media comments, 2016. was challenging for many. And I am no exception. There were difficulties and obstacles, moments of self-doubt, many unanswered questions and some uncomfortable truths to face. For me, this past year was a lot about soul-searching, understanding and deciphering the hidden and unconscious layers; and this is always a bitter sweet experience. 

But, there were so many amazing moments as well; beautiful travel adventures, exploring new lands, surfing perfect waves, chance meetings, new friendships, a movie-like romance, quality time with friends and family. 

It was also a year of new insight and knowledge; of better understanding of the body/mind as we explored personal reaction patterns at my psychotherapy course, and of going even deeper into the physical and the subtle through my study and research for new yoga workshops and teacher trainings.

So, all in all, the good outweighs the bad and I am thankful for every moment last year brought; both magical and challenging. Because I know that everything that happened served towards better understanding of the Self, and the Self within the whole, so I can see the path in front of me with more clarity, set intentions and plant seeds for the future from the heart.

When we stop for a moment and see ourselves from a distance, we can change old patterns and habits we now see are not aligned with our hearts, with our true self. To be willing to change, and to embrace the change as the most beautiful special gift is yet another step. Only when we are willing to change our ways, believes and ideas of right and wrong can we be more conscious, more awakened beings and live aligned with our true nature. More awakened we are more free we are, more free we are more capable of love we are. And I am talking about that boundless love for everyone and everything. Love which can only see the oneness.  

As the year came to an end and I had slowed and quieted down and took time to look back so I can see what needs to be transformed. I realised that there is a fine line between working towards integration and being your best, happiest self, and being caught up with self needs and wants not seeing the bigger picture. I believe we cannot lose the bigger picture if we want to be awakened beings.

The times we live in call for seeing the bigger picture. Maybe more than ever, we need to look at not only how to make our lives better and happier, but also how to live in a way which inspires, raises the vibration and harms no one. There is so much beauty in this world, but also so much suffering which could be minimised if we all lived in a way which causes no harm. I believe we would all be healthier and happier because mindful living resonates with our hearts. 

My hope for this year is to live more mindfully. To slow down and be more aware of every word I say, of every action I do. Of everything I buy, everything I eat. I decided I won't make excuses, I won't compromise when it comes to making the right choice, I will try to no longer fall victim to convenience and conformism. To take full responsibility for my life and my actions. To never lose sight of the bigger picture and see not just the Self but, more importantly, the Self within the whole. 

I wish you all a year full of love, joy, health and abundance in all which makes your Soul joyful and your heart content. I wish the seeds you plant will grow to be beautiful and bountiful. 

And remember, with changing yourself, you can change the world. "You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the ocean in a drop." – Rumi

With love,

Nina

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