In January, I launched "A Year for Me," perhaps the most timely and comprehensive "life-change" program I have ever offered online.
I did this for two reasons—one quite selfish, actually.
First and foremost, I wanted to gather some of the "scatterings of my own soul." I had been teaching online ALOT in 2012, three classes going on at the same time. I was also offering a course through DailyOm.com. (That makes four, actually.)
Don't get me wrong. I love teaching. I am a born and bred teacher. It is how I think and interact with the world. But I had to ask the question, 'How are you best using your time? Are you really doing what your soul is calling you to do?'
The answer was 'YES,' though there was a hefty 'BUT' attached to it.
I was teaching what I love: how to awaken to our true nature, how to live mindfully, how to grow in inner peace, how to cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. I was teaching everything that I know "works" for how to live the way we are meant to live—lives of ease, connection, and meaning—not lives of stress and overwhelm.
But, ironically, I was overwhelming myself a bit by doing just that. "Four courses at once, c'mon!" said my soul.
I wasn't writing like I'd hoped to. (It is very difficult to find space for writing when you are so busy teaching.) I had many books in me that were waiting to be born. Midwifery could not take place when so much time was spent in the classroom.
I began to remember what it was like in 1994 when I took a real "year for me." I'd taken an entire year "off" of life (as I'd created it) to re-create it in a way that would serve my contemplative nature. And to restore my health which had been debilitated by many years of too much rushing, responsibility, interior and exterior pressures to be Super Woman.
A "year for me" was just what I needed. It allowed me to explore, learn, and get to know myself in a new way. It created space for my soul to speak to me; to tell me what I really needed to know about myself and my life. It gave me the time to actually implement what my soul revealed.
Long story short, this is the selfish reason I created my course, "A Year for Me." I really needed another year for me where I could regroup and do what my soul told me because my soul does know best what I need and I do trust its guidance.
The non-selfish reason I created it was because I was wildly passionate about sharing with other women what I learned in my first "year for me" in 1994. I knew beyond a doubt that what I learned in that year could be replicated and taught to anyone—any woman who wanted to reclaim herself and to live in a way that was truly soul-full not stress-full.
So, right along with our "A Year for Me" class members, I am taking my own "year for me." So far it has been wonderful and much fun! Teaching only one program suits me. I feel my writing Muse returning.
In fact, I head out Thursday for a 4-day silent retreat. Though I am working it as a Spiritual Director, I will be able to spend many hours in silence, journaling, reflecting, writing, walking the labyrinth, etc. All spiritual practices that support the contemplative in me.
I've decided to begin using this blog space to share thoughts about my/our "A Year for Me." It is intended to do 2 things:
1. Let you and others knows what it's like to take a "year for me." What happens during such a year?
2. Support the women who are enrolled in the program and provide them with additional information and insights.
I hope you will continue to join me here and ponder what it might take for you to dedicate 1-year to your spiritual well-being too.
Feel free to ask me questions. I'll answer. Leave your thoughts about your life journey and what you're doing to connect with your soul and to heed its wisdom.
Heart to heart we share our stories. Heart to heart we grow.
We also fly free.
Have you begun your "Year for Me" yet? This can be your year to finally access the deep peace and happiness you have longed for by listening to the whispers of your soul. I'd love to show you how and companion you all along the way.
Learn more. www.ayear4me.com
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.