I started a new tradition on my 50th birthday. I go to the beach to watch the sunrise, then I dive into the water at the same time that I was born all of those years ago. Usually, that is two minutes after the official sunrise time. I don't know if it is because I was born in the morning, that I particularly like that time of the day. Whatever, I just do.
I recently enjoyed my 52nd birthday. I went to the beach with two of my children. The water was still so warm that we spent over an hour playing in the waves! I was swimming around, thinking of people that I was grateful for. Then I decided to do some body surfing. Gosh it felt great! I got up from one wave, swam out again and wanted to catch another wave right away.
The wave that was coming, was one that I knew I should not attempt. My instinct was saying 'NO'. My mind just ignored it. That wave flipped me hard onto the top of my head on the sand with a jolt that I felt through my entire spine. It then turned me over and pushed me along the sand so that I grazed my face from my nose to my chin.
How hugely grateful I felt when I came back up and realised that my arms and legs were working and what a close call that could have been! Other people have lost the use of their limbs from something like that.
I continued to focus on my gratitude.
I also thought of how, the previous year on my birthday, I had chosen the word 'vitality' as being something that I wanted to focus on for myself. That made it a priority for me, and I worked with a wonderful naturopath to help turn my health around. Not that it was bad, it just wasn't where I wanted to be. I had a few little complaints that didn't seem to be getting any better. I was feeling grateful for how far I had come with healing those things.
Then I just opened into a quiet space, not expecting anything.
The word "Essence" came to me. I believe that I am to focus on going deeper and remembering my true essence in the coming year. I know that my Essence is Love, and that it manifests as Peace and Joy. Sometimes I forget to act like I know that. But I now need to take that knowing deeply into everything that I do.
The next message that came to me is that I need to remember to Trust my Instincts! Thus the lesson of the wave to cement the message!
I am looking forward to the coming year!
I hope that you are living your life in a way that is open to receiving the beautiful messages that Spirit provides us.