Written by: Christina Huntington
If the Holidays came and went and you never got time to “recharge” amidst all the busy-ness of the season, if the New Year rolled around and you still haven’t had a chance to reflect upon the year that was or contemplate what you want to create for your year ahead, if you find that you are entering 2023 feeling a little more exhausted than inspired and need a moment to catch your breath…fret not. We’ve got you covered.
THE OLD NEW YEAR MODEL
In the Old Model of approaching the New Year, we were told to roar out into the first few weeks of the year “crushing” and “dominating” our goals like MMA fighters. This unsustainable strategy leaves most people burnt out, overwhelmed and giving up before the end of January—creating a cycle of frustration, shame and self-judgment that has long-term effects on our overall confidence and self esteem.
THE *NEW* NEW YEAR MODEL
We would like to offer you a New Model. In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter began barely a month ago on December 21st. Following Mother Nature’s lead, Winter is the season to slow down and turn inward for restoration and renewal. These shorter colder days encourage us to curl up, cuddle up, rest, recharge and make space for stillness and silence—where we can finally hear the whispers of our own hearts. It’s the perfect time to take stock and gentle inventory of our lives as we contemplate where we have been, where we are now and where we want to be going…at a slow, steady, ease-y pace. Doesn’t it feel so much better, just reading that?
7 UNIVERSAL YEAR ~ THE YEAR OF INTROSPECTION
If you just breathed a big sigh of relief, then let us ease your soul even further. 2023 is a “7 Universal Year” in Numerology—a year of turning our attention inward for contemplation and reflection as we each self-define our own spirituality, beliefs and core values. We discover our personal philosophies and connect to something greater than ourselves to dedicate our time, talents and lives to for our highest individual and collective growth.
LUNAR NEW YEAR ~ YEAR OF THE YIN WATER RABBIT
In beautiful compliment, this energy is echoed by the Lunar New Year “Year of the Yin Water Rabbit”, which dawns on January 22nd, 2023. According to Chinese Astrology, the Year of the Rabbit is a fortuitous and soothing season symbolizing peace, calm, harmony, hope, longevity, prosperity, birth, rebirth and creation. Yin is restorative, flowing, “BE-ing” energy (as opposed to Yang “doing” energy). Water is the realm of our emotions, feelings and intuition. So 2023 is a year for us to gently flow with life as we reflect upon what truly matters to us, feel what lies deep in our hearts and follow our soul’s wisdom to guide our way forward and inspire what we want to create with our time here.
CONSCIOUSLY CREATE YOUR 2023
If you would like some support on this journey, we have a helpful resource for you. For the past decade, I have been leading New Year Meditation Workshops designed to help consciously create your year ahead from a heart-and-soul based perspective. This year, I was inspired to make this process available to everyone so you can receive all the benefits of being guided through this work while doing it from your own home.
I’ve created a Home Workshop for you to release 2022 with love and connect to your Highest Vision for 2023. It includes a 38-page Workbook with personal reflection prompts, energetic insights and my Soul Goals Audio Meditation to help you discover your 1-Year Future Vision + Action Plan. You can do this alone or with loved ones at home at your own pace and keep revisiting your workbook throughout the year. Let it be a touchstone, compass and map to guide you on your own unique path to creating a meaningful and fulfilling 2023.
We hope this “7 Year of Introspection” and “Year of the Yin Water Rabbit” brings many gifts to you, your loved ones and your life. Wishing you a happy 2023!
Christina & Sarah || Sirens & Scoundrels
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Words by Christina Huntington
Photography by Sarah Prikryl
Additional Photography by Christina Huntington
Location: Harmony Vista at Joshua Desert Retreats
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