New Year Hopes and Fears

….All the hopes and all the fears of all the years are gathered here tonight.

New Year a time of gathering together thoughts of past and present, of what’s been and what might come, and distilling it all into a mindful awareness of the present. A time of grief in noticing absences, a time of gratitude and joy for what we have. These moments of acute awareness can help us move away from our self created narrative of self and open us out into a connection with our wider lives, and the uncontrollable ebb and flow of life. At times this wider world can be filled with fear and uncertainty.

Forget resolutions, they smack of ego and a false feeling we control our lives, instead embrace what you love and cherish it. As the sun begins to gather her strength over the coming days let your connections to life flourish and grow. Let the light of awareness slip gently into your dusty forgotten corners and awaken within you a delight in your life as it is and as it might be. Stretch and grow with the returning light, trusting yourself

Times of great uncertainty require trust in yourself and in the bigger rhythms of life itself. It’s a tale as old as time….

‘All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well” Julian of Norwich 1347

Read more about Julian a 14th century anchorite://

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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38 Responses to New Year Hopes and Fears

  1. Well said. Uplifting. And you quoted one of my favourites, Julian of Norwich (from whom TS Elliott borrowed at least a few lines, unattributed…). My favourite place for silent retreat is an Anglican convent where the tiny bedrooms are named for saints/holy women. I stayed in Julian of Norwich, read a lot about her, and decided to not complain about the tiny room! Still not sure if she really was blocked up in a cell in the church or if that’s just a legend, though.

    • That must have been really fascinating to stay in a room she might have been in….and to explore her writings while there. Very mindful indeed. I do find some of her writing very comforting for dealing with uncertainty

      • Sorry – my mistake. The room was simply named for her, here in Toronto. But it was still fascinating. Made me read up a lot about her, and wonder why anyone would lock herself up in a cell in a church! (Not sure that part of the story is true, since little else is known about her.

  2. So pleased you are in the blogging world … lucky us! A wonderful read 🙂

  3. Wondered where you were, so glad you’re feeling better! Love your wise words and Happy New Year!!

  4. tree girl says:

    Yay, you are back! And I hope that your back is healed and you have found ease. xox

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    How lovely to see you here today Seonaid 🙂

  6. Dreamtemples says:

    it’s wonderful to read a post from you after such a long time! Wishing you and your family a Very Happy New Year and looking forward to many, many posts from you!

  7. Robin says:

    This is so beautiful, and it’s wonderful to see you again. Thank you. ❤

  8. poppytumpno4 says:

    Hoping 2020 will bring renewal and energy in heaps for you Seonaid . It’s been a long haul I’m sure to reach this point . ‘Stretch and grow’ yes .. and gently move on embracing all …
    A lovely uplifting beginning to the year blog post with a touch of gold 🙂

  9. Long time, no see, Seonaid. I’m sorry you’ve been struggling — you fell? My best to you and yours.

  10. Leya says:

    i cannot tell you how much I love seeing you here again, Seonaid. Blogging Mindfulness. ♥

  11. Sue says:

    Wise words, Seonaid “embrace what you love and cherish it.”….I totally agree Good to see you!

  12. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful to see you here again with your lovely words of wisdom and enlightenment!

  13. Deanna Martin says:

    So great to see your posts once more and as always, touches my soul.

  14. Suzanne says:

    That is very beautifully put. It’s wonderful to read a blog post from you again.

  15. Suzanne says:

    That is very beautifully put. It’s wonderful to read a blog post from you again.

  16. This is so beautiful, Seonaid. Hopes and fears often unite at the beginning of a new year.

  17. restlessjo says:

    A light in the dark! And so beautiful 🙂 🙂 Good to see you are still with us.

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