The time between Christmas and the New Year, is a precious space where one can go within and ask valuable questions. It’s a potent portal of self evaluation and reflection. This magical week gives us the insight of the previous 365 days of the year. We can ask ourselves where we have gotten off course from our goals, dreams and visions, and we can also ask ourselves if those are indeed our true desires.

Looking forward, is there a deep yearning for something more? Yes, one can make New Years Resolutions, but by getting to know our true self and desires more, we are able to move forward with more inner awareness. What is even more sustainable is to go within and ask some valuable questions that have the potential to guide our lives into more purpose. Everything begins with a strong self, and a deep awareness of our inner purpose.

unnamedLet’s reflect on some questions. There is enormous potential in answering questions for oneself. It is not to be undervalued. We are all intelligent and creative human beings with vast potential. Sometimes all we need are good questions, time to answer them, and space to help the answers be planted into our lives as seeds that will grow come spring and bloom in the summer. Maybe it is time for all of us to go within?

What is strength? What is it to you? What is it to the society you live in? Is that the kind of strength you want for yourself? What kind of strength is calling you? It’s important to answer the question of what strength is for us by looking within in order to fulfill our truth versus that of our culture. What is strength to you?

Are there things you must do? How would it feel to no longer feel you must, but to decide that you want to do it? That is, to fully be aware and empowered in the words we speak. For example, instead of, I must go to work, we could say, I choose to go to work. This brings us into a state of empowerment where we are not a victim of circumstances, but rather a co-creator of our own lives. It also leads us into a state of gratitude for what is, which helps us create more goodness in our lives.

Another great example is the statement, I have to lose weight. How about accepting that part of our physical self where we desire to have less body weight? How does it feel? We can acknowledge it, accept and love it. We can recognize that we don’t truly have to do anything; including loosing weight. One path to take, could be to give it time, and consciously choose to eat healthier meals in moderation, and create a routine that provides us with more balance and movement in our life. If you dislike working out, perhaps join a dance or yoga class if you prefer to move that way. We must find a way to move that brings us joy for it to last.

By loving and accepting ourselves, and giving ourselves time and space to create, we receive the results we need. By force, it is often not only more challenging, but often leads to dis-empowering short-term effects that are not sustainable. By tapping into our true self, we can find answers to all our questions in life. It starts with us.

Let’s pause for a moment, and take a deep breath. Your life is so incredibly valuable. It’s more valuable than anything we could imagine to buy. Are you happy? Let’s take another deep breath, and look at ourselves with courage. Now is the time to take back our lives because we are so very precious and needed. It’s time for us all to relearn how to live from the inside out. Let’s arrive within ourselves. Let’s let go of everything outside of us in this moment. Let’s be here now.

Who am I? Who am I, really? Every step we take is motivated by this question.

We are all a beautiful flower. What kind of flower are you? What do you need to grow and bloom? What kind of environment do you need? What kind of garden do you belong in?

What brings me joy, and what are my values?

What have I grown tired of this year?

What strengthens me, and what feels good?

If 2017 was my last year to live, what would be the one thing I would feel the strongest desire to do?

Also, if 2017 was my first year of life, what would I long to begin? Imagine the possibility to begin anew. What would that be for you? If you had no fear of failure, what would you do?

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Please, write down these questions, and reflect on them. Go within, and write down the answers that come to you. When you have found answers that make YOUR heart beat, then you know you have arrived at a point where you can begin to create your true vision.

At the same time, we recognize the following:

I allow myself to not have to change this year. I accept myself. I truly arrive within myself, and allow myself to be. With a strong self in the forefront, I simply learn more about myself and arrive at my true self. I give myself the space and time to go within, and in that place I feel, see, and hear my true desires.

May the answers come to us all, and may we all follow our hearts’ desire. We all have a unique calling. There is only one of us in the whole world. We are incomparable, and it is time that we all give the world the gift of our true authentic selves. If you have already done so, perhaps this will open you up to what is next in your life.

Here is one more question to ask: How can I serve? This leads our strong self into a strong us and into a strong world. Let’s affirm, I am a unique and special human being with a divine purpose. The time is now for a strong self, and a strong self knowing. We are the change that the world is waiting for, for us.

Let’s remember, we must not change anything in the coming year. Who we are is enough, and we can continue to be as we now are. What if we simply choose to be happy, and only do what makes us happy? What if I choose to be me, not the expectations of me from others, but the me that came to me when I asked myself, who am I?

You are waiting for you. The answers inside are waiting to come forth. Why wait any longer? By building our lives from the inside out, while loving and appreciating ourselves, we are unlimited in what we can do and achieve. It’s time to shine. What are you waiting for?

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This is based on the first of a series of 3 Mastery of Life videos from Veit Lindau, who is a German life coach, motivational speaker, author, absolute lover of life, and a wonderful human being. He founded Human Trust together with his wife, Andrea Lindau, and together they guide, teach and inspire coaches in what is now Europe’s largest life coaching platform. His work is mainly available in German; however, some of his books are available in English. There is no dogma, but rather practical and useful information that he and his wife live out in their everyday lives. I personally love how they set an example of how we can grow and evolve through our relationships. You can follow Veit and The Human Trust Community on Facebook.

It is my desire to bring both awareness of his work and message to English speakers as well as inspiration through his words to anyone reading this piece. Almost everything written here, I have translated. These are my words that I have interpreted through his message in German. I have chosen not to use quotations as I believe once the message is in another language, that it is best approved by the author before quoting in a language he or she did not write or speak in. I hope this inspires you as it has inspired me.

Let’s move forward with a strong self, and share our individual gifts with the world. We are all divine masters.

Ulonda Faye has a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, and studied Peace and Conflict Research during her Masters program in International Relations. She survived a Near Death Experience during an accident that led her into Mind-Body-Spirit studies. She is a certified Wellness Practitioner, Rejuv Miracles Practitioner, and holistic esthetician as well as an ordained spiritual minister. Her services are available in person or through Skype and are offered in English and German. For more information, please visit her FB page or fayenaturales.com

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