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New Year, Same Inner Work

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inner work new year

 Julie Brannen – LCPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA

I think it is healing behavior, to look at something so broken and see the possibility and wholeness in it.

~ Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy

Happy New Year!

 2020 was one for the books.

2020 was all the things.

2020 revealed the deepest cracks in the foundation of our world.

Across the country, the pandemic revealed our interdependence and how ignored this reality had been for centuries. We have always needed one another, we have never survived on our own, and our new reality teaches us the longer we ignore this, the more dangerous our world becomes.

And while it is tempting to move on and aspire to a time that is less challenging and more comfortable, I find myself needing more time to process and heal and learn and grow. I have hope for a country that has had new awakenings to the reality of racial injustice with new eyes to see our world with. I have hope for eyes that choose to look lovingly and with compassion, with a new understanding of what we have against us and our power when we stand together.

But then I am reminded that time is not linear. There is no closure to last year at the stroke of midnight a few weeks ago, no cleansing of the slate or fresh start. There is simply a continuation of the journey. We are always inside this transition between where we are coming from to where we are going.

Resolutions or intentions are not enough to bridge the divide.

Transformation only happens when we choose to show up for each other and the whole of humanity every single day.

We haven’t come this far to only come this far. Let us continue to do the work of love and justice and interdependence and fight for the future that we all deserve.

Some journal topics to consider:

  • How are you doing inner work?
  • What are your resolutions or intentions for the new year? 
  • How do you hold yourself accountable?
  • How are you showing up for yourself and your communities?
  • What support do you need?

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