Kickstart the Year with Non-Judgmental Awareness

Epiphany. A reminder that revelation can come at anytime. Yet sometimes, we need a kickstart to start something.  Dedicating a single day to shining light on the self can jumpstart a whole new way of being.  With the start of a new year, and a new decade, now’s the ideal time to make space for personal illumination and manifestation.

Shining Light on the Definition of Epiphany

  1. January 6. Observed as a church festival (a) Gentiles: commemorating the arrival of the Magi at the birthplace of Christ. (b) Eastern Orthodox: commemorating the baptism of Christ.
  2. An appearance or manifestation, especially of a divine being.
  3. A sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something.
    1. An intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking.
    2. An illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.
  4. A revealing scene or moment

(Courtesy of Merriam Webster)

An Auspicious Start to the Year

As we head into a new year – and a new decade – we’re all looking for that event that will catapult us on our way to something we consider to be successful.

Frankly, that can put a lot of pressure on us. The habit of setting a New Year’s resolution can set a strong intention for the year, but it can also feel like too much to achieve as time goes on. Intentions set on the holidays, when time if plentiful and flowing, can sometimes be hard to maintain when the pressures of work-a-day life present themselves. 

That’s why I like the concept of celebrating epiphany. There’s something really magical in celebrating illumination and light. 

There’s a beautiful opportunity to dedicate a whole day to looking at your life in direct light. How different do your disappointments and sorrows, achievements and aspirations look when they are permitted to sit directly in the light?

Shining Light = Awareness

Shining the light of awareness on our lives is an important activity for each and every person. It can also be daunting and a bit scary.

That’s why I suggest you take inventory of your life using non-judgemental awareness. How would your perception differ if you applied a filter of taking stock instead of finding a verdict? 

In taking stock, you are simply noticing. Noting what is present and what is absent. 

In finding a verdict, you are making statements about what is right and wrong.

To take stock of your life for one day, in full non-judgemental awareness, is to commit to a new perspective. Even if just for a day. When we are learning new behaviours, it is important to practise compassionate inquiry. To remove the pressure of being right, and to celebrate the little victories. “Today I took notice of my life without beating myself up!”. Now that’s a step in the right direction!

We so frequently put pressure on ourselves to do things perfectly and thoroughly. That pressure can be overwhelming, and often prevents us from following through. Then, we punish ourselves… for being human.

Epiphany can be your day at the start of each year to be present with what is, to illuminate what serves you, and how you wish your life to look in each moment. 

Celebrating Our Inner Light

It doesn’t take much to grow accustomed to new ways of doing things. Once we learn to shine a non-judgmental light, we can start to accept ourselves just how we are in the present moment. That means we are more likely to see our inner light, and to celebrate our own uniqueness. This is key: acknowledging that our lights are all different, all unique will help us to celebrate our own experiences in the world. Not just accept them, but to celebrate how our light can bring something important to the world.

Your light matters. Your energy matters. Bringing presence to every moment, shining the light on every moment, can be a daily activity. 

But first, start with a dedicated day. Celebrate your own light for Epiphany.