Fully Stepping Into A New Year

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As the winter holidays and celebrations come to a close, many of us find ourselves in a space of reflection. A time of review, looking back on this last year of our story. Perhaps even this last decade as we prepare to welcome in a whole new chapter. If we can approach this time from a place of presence and heart-space, we can honor and notice our own growth and the areas we have been stuck. This can be an exciting exercise as we explore new hope and new beginnings. Are you ready to fully step into who you really are as you transition into a New Year, a New Decade, a New You?


Reflection Questions


What am I grateful for that unfolded in 2019? Take some quiet time to identify those moments, experiences, and relationships that brought you joy, peace, love, or bliss. The ones that really nourished your soul and filled your heart. As you recall each memory in your mind’s eye, take a moment to feel the high vibrating emotions that you initially experienced. It’s almost like reliving the experience. As we feel and express gratitude we attract even more to be grateful for as our journeys continue to unfold. If this has been a year of struggle, we can still find moments to be ‘Grateful‘ for or perhaps it is the struggle itself where our gratitude lies. After all, it is in our grandest moments of adversity where we experience the most significant growth and expansion.


What am I ready to let go of in 2019? Something has been standing in your way, preventing you from fully stepping into who you really are and what you really want. An old story, belief, habit, job, or relationship. It could be an old way of being, an old wound, or an old way of doing things. It is in our holding onto what no longer serves us that we create pain and suffering for ourselves. I have included songs like ‘Om Nama Shivaya’ (a traditional Kirtan song that invites change) in the playlist to remind us that there needs to be a death before there can be a rebirth. A more gentle way of saying it is that we need to ‘Let Go’ of something old in order to create space for the new. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – bid farewell to the old.


What do I intend to manifest in 2020? New Year’s Resolutions or Intentions, whichever language you prefer, get really clear on what it is you want. Health, love, prosperity, the list can be endless. Write your intentions down, use vision boards, or at the very least express your intentions to the Universe, God, Spirit, Source, or whatever your connection is. Once an intention is released to the world, we then need to pay attention. The Universe will guide you to the people and experiences needed to manifest the intention but we have to notice what is being presented to us and willing to follow the guidance. Notice the synchronicities that unfold in your life. Notice those urges to call or write someone or to go somewhere. The voice or the thought to take action is often very quiet, especially if we are not used to listening to it. Creating a daily ritual of mindful breath, meditation, or just quiet alone time can help us tune in.


How will I ‘Celebrate’? I don’t mean how will you celebrate New Year’s Eve but how will you celebrate you? How will you celebrate life? How will you celebrate you today and throughout this year? In the quiet of the stillness listen to your inner voice, your inner child, your essence. They want you to laugh more, play more, dance more, explore more. Can you honor this calling within you? Can you commit to creating the time and the experiences daily or weekly to fulfill these inner desires?


New beginnings happen every single day, every single moment. We are constantly reborn into a new moment. Be the deliberate creator of your story. It is so important for you to figure out who you really are and what you really want, if you don’t, you get caught into the vortex of everyone else. If you would like to go deeper in this work and discover the ten additional steps to manifesting the life that you truly desire, join me on a three month coaching program as we discover who you really are and what you really want.


Below is the music that will inspire and support you in these reflections. I would like to invite you to support these artists by purchasing the songs that you resonate with.


Sample the Playlist


Support the Artists (links to iTunes)

Song Title

Peace of the Inner Mind


New Beginning

The Beginning

Brand New Day

Same as It Ever Was

Let Go

Om Nama Shivaya

This Is the New Year



Better Days

It’s My Life

Have It All

My Dear Acquaintance

Auld Lang Syne





Tracy Chapman

Mason Jennings


Michael Franti & Spearhead

Frou Frou

Donna De Lory

A Great Big World

Ingrid Michaelson

Grayson Erhard

The Goo Goo Dolls

Tim Myers

Jason Mraz

Regina Spektor

Allie Moss

Meditation Guru


True Yoga

Empty Hands

New Beginning

Songs From When We Met

Brand New Day

Same as It Ever Was (Start Today)


The Lover And The Beloved

Is There Anybody Out There?

It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

Manifest – Single

Let Love In

It’s My Life

Have It All – Single

My Dear Acquaintance

Christmas Tidings

Tibetan Meditation Music


I believe we need to move the music medicine around the planet to support the awakening that is unfolding within each of us. We need to support these beautiful artists so that they can continue producing music that will lift the vibration of the planet. Please share the blog and if you know of some really great songs/artists that need to be included in future playlists, connect with me. Love & Light my friends…


Shri Ananda is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, wellness coach, musician, and spiritual filmmaker creating music and stories to help us awaken to who we really are. Shri is a grounded and joyful yoga teacher who invites you to journey inward. His classes promote self-understanding, intuition, and transformation from the inside-out through mindful movement and breath work. Ananda is known for his themed ‘Gentle Spirit Yoga’ classes – combining gentle yoga with spiritual exploration through music . He is presently instructing at Tandava Yoga in Kelowna, British Columbia and hosts retreats around the world.





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