GOODBYE 2017….IT’S A WRAP! by Deborah Berryman

It’s true to say that on balance, I’ll be glad to say goodbye to 2017. This past year has been a difficult one – for me personally and my sense is for a lot of people around the world – overflowing with emotion, intensity, uncertainty and change.

It seems things that were lurking in dark corners were brought out into the light. The ‘Me Too’ movement empowered men and women to voice what had been silenced. The strength of sharing their story gave others permission and confidence to share their own.

I’ve watched the same thing happen in our own community. Long-standing yoga practitioners and teachers have been calling out elements of their practice that no longer serve them, along with inappropriate and unhealthy teaching practices. My hope is that all of this discussion will lead to a new era with MORE respect, kindness and skillful discernment.

2017 was a year that did not grant gentle learnings, instead abruptly dragged out the shadows in our lives, relationships, work and politics. In lots of ways this year has forced us to narrow in on our direction, our failings and our future.
Yet, despite the difficult year there still there is so much that I’m thankful for. Both are true.

I’m deeply grateful to my team for carrying me this year when I lost and grieved Mum, and the teachers who made it possible for me to step back to be quiet and still. My family, friends and recovery community who have loved me deeply, and my husband who’s been my absolute rock. I’m reminded there is ALWAYS beauty to be found, even in the muddy times of life.

Every new beginning starts with an ending. This new year ahead feels like something we are all craving; a fresh start. In 2018 let’s re-ignite our hope and dig deep in our resolve to live and breathe the things we love and value most. Allow some space to think and feel and dream and question. Rediscover our creativity, igniting the sparkle in our eyes and bring back the spring in our step. Be you. Now. As you are. You are beautiful.

Oh my goodness we are going to LOVE THE HELL OUTTA THIS CRAZY WORLD IN 2018!!!

Happy New Year, Beloveds 

Deborah x

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