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Jan 052014

2014 The Year of the Horse

Wow! What an auspicious year! As I crawled in bed on New Year’s Eve I was excited and looking forward to stepping into the New Year and all the new possibilities it would bring. I could hardly wait to begin. I fell asleep thinking of all the many things I wanted to accomplish and envisioned them done. Sadly, when I woke up on New Year’s Day my back was full of knots, my neck and head hurt and all I could think was ugh, what a way to start the New Year.

As I got up and made my way to the kitchen for my first glass of tea (it’s always iced here in Texas), I began to ask my body what on earth was going on. What was it trying to tell me? The answer was surprising. The little voice in my head kept saying go into the magic room. You see, I do have a room in my house that has never been used for anything else other than magic. It’s where I go to meditate, do yoga, read cards, whatever strikes my fancy. It is a sacred space that I created years ago just for me. It is filled with treasures big and small that I have collected over the years and learned to utilize in my life, things like crystals, statues, essential oils, herbs, books. The list goes on and on.

As I walked into the room I had an overwhelming sense of coming home. It was then I realized that I’ve hardly even walked into the room for a very long time. The last couple of years have been so busy, that I somehow forgot it was even there and available to me any time I needed to step back and take a breath, or to momentarily disconnect. I walked around the room, just looking at the things it contained. I picked up a few things that called to me and contemplated their place in my life and how they came to be here. I remembered the gifts they were to me and the time I used them every day. I picked up my drum and began to play. I rummaged through my oils and opened each one to inhale the scent. I sat in silence for awhile just breathing and enjoying the feeling of peace washing over me. I could feel the knots in my back begin to loosen and my shoulders begin to relax.

Ahhhh, thank you body! Now I understand. Even though I eat fairly healthy, and exercise (not as much as I should I admit), I have been so wrapped up in trying to develop my business while taking care of the day to day necessities that I forgot the most important thing: taking care of my beingness. I forgot to allow myself the time to sit quietly and connect with my higher self and spirit. I forgot how sometimes small rituals can change the energy and create a flow. I forgot how important it is to allow myself time to just BE, without any agenda.

Holy Cow! It’s the one thing that I KNOW above all else. It’s the one thing that I encourage people to do all the time. It’s the one thing that is essential to my well being. But, I forgot.

As I walked out of the room I could feel the change in my body, my spirit, my energy. Creative ideas were flowing and I couldn’t make note of them fast enough. I felt a sense of well-being, a sense of connection, a sense of peace. Yes, I think the Year of the Horse will be a very good one indeed. I just have to remember to stay connected to me.

What can you do to stay connected to you?


  1. Trena January 5, 2014 6:32 pm Reply

    I loved your sharing in the simplicity of what is available to us! I can relate– it is all about reconnecting to the magic that lies within us! And rediscovering those pieces we have set aside and kinda forgotten… 2014 is gonna BE the Year to do some extreme dusting from within!

  2. Brenda Westwood January 5, 2014 6:43 pm Reply

    Thank you Margo! That is exactly the space I have been in! As I read this, I felt myself breath more deeply and my body began to relax. Happy New Year!

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