Endings are important, aren’t they? I’m learning to love them for without them there are no new beginnings.

Today is one such ending. As the wheel of the year comes full circle, many of us celebrate the cross quarter between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, known as Samhain.

It’s a good time to look at wrapping up the old and preparing for the new in our lives, as Samhain is also the Celtic New Year. An auspicious day, for it is also the day this writing project, A Year for my Soul comes to a close.

What began as a tool for contemplation quickly became my medicine and as I reflect on the past four seasons I have no judgement over how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ each day was, for they were simply pockets of time, filled from dawn to dust with experience.

These experiences provide an opportunity for growth. I’m definitely not the same person I was a year ago, change is a constant, and rather like the butterfly I have experienced my own metamorphosis.

I couldn’t image this time last year that I would now be a grandmother. I couldn’t imagine my son back at work and rebuilding his life, or creating this brand new chapter in my life.

Yet, as Steve Jobs so eloquently cited, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”.

And that, essentially has been my practice; showing up, trusting and advancing no more than necessary to sit with each dot in the moment. There is no more I needed to do, no where I needed to go, to find the equanimity that resides within.
Surrender, Simplicity and Soul have been both my masters and my servants. Life may not always be simple, but there is definitely alchemy in the dots. Many in the form of other people.

And as I cherish this celebration, my heart overflows with gratitude as I honour how blessed I am to have you cross my path this year.  I appreciate you.  May this ending also be a wondeful new begining for all of us.

Happy New Year xx