I am doing both this month!
Refine- means to remove impurities or unwanted elements from something. It also means to improve something by making small changes. Some of the words associated with refine are purify, clarify, clear and cleanse.
There isn’t a more perfect theme for October- especially in 2020! Especially for the start of the last quarter of this year.
We have all been through a lot and our experiences vary greatly. No matter what (no comparisons) it has been a challenging year for everyone.
Taking the month of October to think and to write and meditate we can invite ourselves to refine what we can to have in our lives- what to keep, what to let go of and what to add. This is a call to be very specific.
What has changed in your life this year? What of those changes work for you and which do not?
Where do you need to have acceptance and to decide to be okay with what is happening? Another way to look at this may be to see where you are choosing needless suffering.
What have you learned about yourself this year? What of those things would you like to to enhance and expand?
If you’re like me, many of my old obstacles and some things that were unconsciously tripping me up were able to surface this year. I have had the weirdest old memories coming up! Maybe it was the pause in time, more space, or the fact that the year was so far off what I expected it brought things up. I have been willing to meet them head on.
I am spending a lot of time in refining this year and this month I am continuing by taking some classes, reading, exercising, being outside, meditating, and listening to podcasts that inspire me right now.
I encourage you to make your refinement plan. It will not always be comfortable, but there are rewards on the other side of the discomfort. There might be crying.
Take the time to journal your answers to the questions I have asked here. Make three lists- keep, let go, add- start the list and keep working with it all month long.
The other part of my theme for October is Manifest- we will dive into that next week and talk about how it fits in with refinement!