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What's better than a new year intention?

new york city

Happy January!

How is your year going so far (non-rhetorical question)?

Usually I do a word or motto of the year. This year I'm thinking about intentions that are more seasonal. Something that feels right at the beginning of the year when it's cold and dark might not be where I am at the peak of summer or the dryness of autumn.

When I think seasonally, I can work with where I want to focus in the short-term and how that is supported by the energy of the season.

For example, even though I have big dreams for this year, the next couple of months are about getting some structure and routine in place, as well as staying quieter and restful for the big work ahead.

I can imagine, as the days lengthen, that that will shift into more action, more outward expression. But I'm not there yet.

If you like thinking seasonally, here are a few questions to consider:

Where do I want to focus my energy for the next 2-3 months?

What does my body, mind, spirit need right now (knowing you don't have to stay with that answer all year)?

Is there a short-term goal that wants my attention this season?

If there is a long-term goal this year, what are three things I can do to prepare or move toward it in the next few months?

How do I relate to this season? Do I have a story about this time of year that is positive (or not)? How that might affect me/my dreams?

You can revisit these questions as you feel the seasons (of nature or inside you) shift.

As you know, our work as humans is generally slower and more circular than we prefer. Stay gentle with yourself.

Wishing you health and love,
Michelle


Just back from New York City (photo above). We watched the ball drop (on TV!) and saw the now-famous Mandarin duck (see below).

Amazing Ants

New York City is a wonderful example of how no system works in isolation.

(We'll get to the ants in a minute.)

The city of Manhattan, like all cities, has main systems that keep things running smoothly -- water, garbage, sewer, electricity, import/export and traffic, to name a few.  It may seem that these systems are separate and autonomous. 

But consider this: if any one of those systems gets clogged or shut down, it will affect many if not most of the other systems.

If the electricity goes out, that affects traffic lights, and traffic jams affect the timely and efficient transport of the garbage. If long term, the overflow of garbage might eventually impact the sewage or even water systems.

Or if the water system shuts down, that's going to wreak havoc on pedestrian and auto traffic, as well as the import and export of goods on/off the island -- people trying to get water already on the island, other people trying to get water to the island, still other people trying to get off the island. This would impact the garbage and recycling systems with an increase in plastic bottles. That extra processing could affect the electrical systems with an increase in energy. 

And on and on.

new york city ants

Here's where the ants come in. Did you know that for every human on the planet, there's over a million ants?

And ants make up their own system in New York City -- Waste Removal.

Those ants in New York City eat the equivalent of 60,000 hot dogs a year!

Isn't that amazing!?

Watch this two-minute video from National Geographic on how vital ants are to the ecosystem of Manhattan.

So what?

Well, if you watch the video, you heard that it is conceivable that without the ants, there would be more rats and pigeons in New York, and they can carry disease. So maybe disease goes up. Or maybe the means of controlling the rats and birds causes other toxic issues. Yikes!

What's the larger point?

Our bodies are just like this. No system works in isolation. From digestive to respiratory to endocrine to cognitive to sensory to skeletal to spiritual. All communicate and affect one another. Whole body, whole person, whole health.

This is a friendly reminder that every part of you wants and needs loving attention and conscious care in order to keep running optimally. You can't "make up for" eating poopy food or forgo some amount of healthy movement every day. What you put on your body and in your home counts too.

What you do matters.

So, like the ants, let's keep doing our best!