As we end 2016, for many of us it is a time of reflection. A time to look back over the past year and glean from our experiences. For my last week of yoga classes this year, I gifted my students each a card from my Power Thought Cards deck by Louise Hay, and of coarse I chose one for myself. My card sat at the front of my yoga mat each day last week, it was powerful, and the words keep dancing in my mind as my end of year mantra.

My card read, “My Mind is a Powerful Healing Tool.” This card is perfect to sum up the past year of my life. Through 2016 I experienced more illness in my life than I have over the past 40! 2016 was a challenge! To say the least! And my mind has been bent and stretched in just about every direction there is!

Through physical pain, extreme headaches, breathing challenges, weakness, exhaustion, and everything in between, the lessons came. I sat with myself, looking at my life, looking at how I spend time, looking at the people I surround myself with, looking at me, who I truly am and the clarity came. I was able to see how decisions I had made in my life landed me on the couch, barely moving for weeks. I saw how not dealing with areas of my life that were uncomfortable had brought on physical pain unlike any I had ever felt before.

The lessons came, and the biggest lesson being how STRESS effects the body. By continuing to live in a high stressed state, due to lifestyle choices, what was a strong and healthy body became weak and sick. And for someone who has had a lifetime of excellent health and a strong body, this was all very humbling. To teach my beginning yoga classes and struggle to demonstrate the postures, to breath, and at times to even show up, all made for a very humbling experience. To have to ask for help in preparing food, going to the grocery store, all the things that most of us take for granted in our everyday life, humbling to the extreme.

Through this incredible humbling, this simple card that reads, “My Mind is a Powerful Healing Tool,” has a powerful meaning to me, and the flip side of the card reads, “Every Illness Holds a Lesson for me to Learn,” need I say more?!

Finally my body has healed, I feel strong again, and I am making needed changes in my life and life style, so I do not repeat the patterns of 2016. I was speaking to a friend of mine about all that has gone on in my life in 2016 and asked her what I could do to shift things in my life and her response was, “JUST SHIFT!” So using the powerful healing tool that is my mind, the lessons I have learned from my illnesses, I just SHIFTED! It’s only been a few weeks since I made the decision to SHIFT, and I am already seeing some beautiful results.

As you enter 2017, do whatever it takes to make this year the most fantastic year of your life! Do more of what lights you up and makes you the amazing and beautiful being that you are! Surround yourself with people who encourage you to be the very best version of yourself! Dream big and chase those dreams with gusto! And remember, Your Mind is a Powerful Healing Tool and all you have to do to make needed and necessary change is SHIFT!

Watch out 2017, here we come !
Carly Burke

 

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