Ah folks, even though we’re back in lockdown again and 2021 isn't exactly going to begin with a bang, we will at least soon be waving goodbye to 2020 for good.
It's been tough. The last two months have been tougher. And what to say about the latest news I don’t really know. There is however much that I know I can be grateful for (though I’ll admit to having had to work quite hard for that on Saturday night).
The unending love of family, the uncompromising support of extraordinary friends, the strength of community, the roof I've had over my head, the food I've had on my plate.
Know too that I am endlessly grateful to you. All of you.
You who read these mails. You who write to me as a result. You who show up to class. You who teach me as much as I might ever teach you.
I know grief today more intimately than I ever did before. But I also know what matters to me. I know what drives me, and I know where I'm heading.
I'll still be completing this reflections exercise on New Year's Eve though. And if feedback is anything to go by, many of you will be doing the same. It's a list I came across a few years back (still can't remember where!) that I find a powerful reframing of the year's experiences and that really serves to crystalise where you've been, and clarify where you're going.
When I look back at my own reflections from last year I see that (perhaps laughably now!) I was ready for stability in 2020. Intending to be kinder to myself. To shed my need to be anyone other than myself. And to surrender control.
Pandemic aside, I do feel like I've brought about many of these things. And I'm really very clear on the fact that it was taking the time to write these things down that facilitated the change.
If you joined me last year, I'd love to know how your own journey has turned out (mail me!) - and if you didn't, then here's your opportunity for this year...
And that's me really for today, save a round-up of links before I sign out:
I really do wish you all the very best for the holiday and hope that, whatever your arrangements, you can find peace and rest. Classes return on January 4th, and if you were hoping to carry on your practice over the holidays but didn't quite squeeze in before the deadline for CONTINUE, let me know and we'll work it out :)
... and know that classes return on January 4th, but if you were hoping to continue your practice over the holidays and didn't quite squeeze in before the deadline, drop me a line and we'll work it out :)
With very much love and gratitude to you all,