A Fresh Start: January Muse

 photo + art by Kimberly

“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. 
Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.” – Rumi

WelcOMe to *almost* 2012. A new year, a fresh start. It’s that special time of the year to take a step back to evaluate where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re heading. Each year I enjoy reflecting on highlights, lessons learned, and dreams for the following year. This process brings back good memories, a sense of gratitude, and offers an opportunity to ensure movement in a direction aligned with values. For yogis this is an important aspect of our practice and it’s called svadhyaya (self study) – one of the ten moral codes of yoga. I love the above quote by Rumi as it serves as the perfect reminder to slow down, reflect, explore, and dig deeper.

Let’s get started, pull out your journal, and pour a mug of hot cocoa (top with vegan marshmallows). Go through your photos or planner and note the highlights of your yearlong journey. What stands out? How did you spend your time? Where did you travel? What did you read? How did your spiritual practice unfold? I posted my year in review sharing pictorial highlights tonight and it helped me recall what a blessed year it has been – sprinkled with simple pleasures, connections, and sensory experiences. A few 2011 highlights include India Night, Benefit for the Animals, launching TS Labs and weekly TS TV episodes, Tranquil Space Foundation efforts, team retreats, Climate Ride support, incorporation of vintage and reclaimed goods into our green boutique offerings, launch of rewards program, raising over $2000 for So Others Might Eat at our Thanksgiving classes, supporting Pigs Animal Sanctuary board, our sponsorship of National Conference to End Factory Farming, and our team holiday fete at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw. What are your highlights? Can you bring them together in visual form? Collage, doodle, list them, or pull together photos of your year.

Next, review the year’s challenges (aka growth opportunities) to label as lessons learned. For me, a few stand out: release what isn’t working, schedule creativity, embrace simplicity, express gratitude constantly, lean into eccentricities, dance with joy, communicate compassionately (highly recommend Nonviolent Communication), keep working with spaciousness (and remember it when over-scheduling!), and don’t take things personally. What lessons are you taking away from your experiences this year? Is there a theme that emerged?

Now it’s time to look forward. What do you dream for 2012? For me, it’s an ongoing journey to be strategic with my time and energy. Since I oversee five organizations including two yoga studios, volunteer, design TranquiliT eco-collection, “mother” three furry creatures, and am pursuing a Master’s in Social Work, this is more important than ever. A few more of my 2012 dreams include: Create (and sustain) morning and evening routines. Do all I can for the animals. Nurture our yoga cOMmunity. Read 2 books (in addition to school books) each month. Teach inspiring yoga classes. Live these zen habits. Indulge in an art retreat (scenes from my 2011 indulgence). Do daily sun salutations. Craft inspiring videos, podcasts, and e-courses. Offer more Tranquil Teens programs through Tranquil Space Foundation. Dance. When you ponder what you want your life to look like December 31, 2012, what do you see? Take a moment to collage, draw, dream, pen, or paint it. Choose a word or mantra to focus on in 2012. Alas, spaciousness remains mine . . . for the fourth year in a row.

During a recent mindfulness meditation workshop, teacher Gina Sager said, “Live each moment as if it is truly the last – feel the engagement in each moment. You choose what you attend to and how. Reality depends on how we see. What if your expectations are what creates the problem?” What a great reminder as we journey into this new year! As we cross the threshold into a brand new year, I wish you oodles of tranquility. Raise a glass to 2011. Honor your efforts, tie a bow around it, and let it go. Toast to a dedication of Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu and let your thoughts, words, and actions contribute to the happiness and freedom of all beings.

May you bask in the wonder of 2012. Happiest of new years to you. You are beautiful. And you are full of potential. Relish in being uniquely, fabulously you this year. Let your light shine, the world is waiting.


6 thoughts on “A Fresh Start: January Muse

  1. Carmen Calatayud, LPC

    December 29, 2011 at 11:06pm

    Thank you for this beautifully written, inspiring post. I love what your meditation teacher said…..sometimes coming back to earth and accepting what is in this moment can bring us the greatest happiness of all, even while dreams and visions are waiting.
    Peace & blessings,

  2. kimberly wilson

    December 30, 2011 at 5:25am

    Thank you, Carmen. Yes, Gina has a way with sharing inspiring nuggets of wisdom. Wishing you a beautiful 2012. x

  3. Unknown

    December 30, 2011 at 6:30am

    I have included daily sun salutations into my 2012 vision, and I was wondering about how many you try to do a day?

  4. kimberly wilson

    December 31, 2011 at 5:07am

    Some days it is one sun salutation, others its a full class at Tranquil Space, and sometimes I indulge in a full hour of home practice cOMplete with 6-10 step backs and surya As! Hope this helps! x

  5. Anonymous

    December 31, 2011 at 11:53pm


    It’s been many many years since I worked at your studio, but I just want you to know that I look forward to each month’s offering of Tranquil Space in my inbox. You are a source of constant inspiration to me as I pursue my dreams out here in Phoenix. Thank you for all that you do. I am glad you are in this world! I hope you have a fantastic new year,

    Eric Schoen

  6. kimberly wilson

    January 1, 2012 at 1:44am

    Eric, how lovely to hear from you! We miss you in the cOMmunity. Thank you for the kind words and I sure hope you are still dancing + practicing yoga. You’re a star! x

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