A fresh start, a clean slate … a brighter tomorrow is never too late for anyone.
I hope your year’s started well. My first days of 2021 were spent at a tiny place called Bealiba, in the goldfields region of Victoria.
Years ago miners flocked to this area to find their fortune. Today fossickers still come up here to try their luck, but we’re not looking for gold. Instead, we find something even more precious.
The Bealiba reservoir sits amongst this dry, gold mining landscape like a watery vision from heaven, reflecting clouds in the still water. The lake isn’t huge but it’s big enough. It’s picturesque, clean, as warm as a baby’s bath and home to birds and water lilies. Our camp spot on the edge of it was an unexpected find.
NEW DAY, NEW BEGINNING
As I write this, back at home in a semi-normal routine, I reflect on the never ending changes going on in the outside world. Every day there’s new narratives changing the way we live. However, we’re heading into a new timeline of consciousness, a heightened energetic era and I love the fact that, not only do we get to watch it from the side-lines, this epic movie that we’re all in, but we also have a say in how we want to react to it, creating our own story line.
There’s so much happening that will soon come to the surface. For now, today, whenever you’re reading this, simply remember that it’s a new day, a new month, a new year, a new everything that’s magical. The energies are expansive. Everything is fresh. We don’t need to be camped in nature to feel it.
A fresh start isn’t a new place, it’s a new mindset.
Whatever chaos continues to unfold in the outer world, our inner world doesn’t need to reflect it. For me reality is all about living life with mindful awareness and seeing each encounter as an opportunity to practice making good choices. Life is not always pretty, but even ordinary moments with potential for disharmony can be met with grace and empathy. And those special times, well they should be relished to the full with no guilt or holding back, like our first dinner of 2021.
It was a mild summers night with a slight breeze and the changing sky was like an artists easel. Dinner was spicy salmon (barbecued by the hubby) with lemon rice, a Caesar salad and accompanied by a semi chilled Chardonnay. We both agreed nothing had ever tasted so good and there was no better setting. Simple pleasures.
GREY SKIES AND SHADOW WORK
The next day I woke to a grey moody sky and a sense of change in the air. We decided it was a perfect time to explore the surrounding gold rush towns. One detour took us to Mt Moliagul, a rugged uphill drive to the summit, accompanied by kangaroos along the way.
The views were stunning but even more spectacular was the force from up above. With a storm approaching, lightning cracking on the ridge and thunder reverberating it was mother nature at her most dramatic.
As I stood at the summit I felt small, humbled, unnerved and utterly exhilarated as nature unfolded around me. Light pierced through the dark clouds, proving that, although we might stand in the middle of a storm, we can be calm and at peace.
It felt renewing, replenishing, cleansing. And that’s honestly how I felt as we drove back down the mountain and the rain continued. It was like it was washing away all the crap of the past year. It was torrential at times, as though nature was proving her force. “Respect me” she could have been saying. “Protect our precious earth”.
SWIM, RENEW, REFRESH
Much later that day, back at camp, we swam in the reservoir. From stormy to calm, nature is fickle and I’m sure she likes to play with us. The water was as calm as glass and that night, during dinner, I marvelled at how the weather Gods were cooperating. Hours later lightning strikes in the distance created a spectacular light show.
As we sat outside and watched it all, with Josh Groban in the background singing Remember when it rained, it was soul stirring. I’ve included his song at the bottom of this post.
Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter. Amit Ray.
It’s a wonderful time to be alive, to appreciate this amazing, resilient earth.
Sometimes I feel like I’m watching a mega fireworks display. We can be looking in awe one minute whilst in another we can be distracted by gloom and focused on the ground. It’s all about perspective isn’t it? Right now it’s so important to keep our vibration high. When we’re aware of our thoughts, in every moment that we slip we can choose to tap into gratitude again and get back on track.
CLEANSE AND RELEASE
Sometimes I feel like I haven’t grown up! Here I am being a big kid on this tyre near our campsite. I’ve never been able to resist a swing. How good is it to let loose and hang free.
Still, I can’t help thinking, looking at this photo, that I’m holding on a bit tightly. Maybe this year is one to let go, to release all the things that don’t serve me anymore. Can you relate to that, to being stuck in ways of thinking that have us on autopilot? Let’s make this a year of doing what we LOVE instead of always playing it safe and predictable.
Life expands when we see the possibilities and potential of new beginnings, when we set ourselves free from old, limited ways of thinking. For me it feels like a time to cleanse and wash myself of stagnant ways.
That’s my word for the year, Cleanse. Fresh was a close second but somehow I feel they’re intermingled. Cleansing all that’s negative and no longer serves me, a purging of all that’s dark, bringing it to light so it can be washed away. Cleansing of space and old habits, making way for newness to move in.
Are you ready for a clean start to the new year? To let go of any energies and old ways of thinking that’s kept you stuck, so you can create something even better? It’s hard to look ahead with vision and clarity when we cling to old ways.
Wherever you are, I wish you all renewed hope and faith to wash away all that’s gone before and usher in a new era of personal sovereignty and abundance.
Here’s to living with our heart wide open, knowing that whatever comes our way will be for the greatest good, for both ourselves and others. Love your life, it will have a magical, ripple effect.
In light and love
Be uplifted and cleansed by Josh Groban’s Remember When it Rained
* As an after note, the Universe has a funny way of playing with us. Having chosen ‘cleanse’ as my word of the year, today my washing machine had a fit and my laundry flooded. A cleansing I hadn’t expected!