For last year's words belong to last year's language

And next year's words await another voice. 

T.S. Eliot

This is a NEW YEAR.

A new moment.  One that has never been.

Breathe that in…

This is typically a time where we try to fix or make better all the flaws and faults we find within ourselves.  I suggest this year we try a new path.

If we want to be who we have never been then we must do what we have never done.

Most of us are great at things we don’t wish to be great at.  We are great at wanting but not having.  We are great at observing and complaining but not so much with appreciation and gratitude.  We are great at allegiance to our problems but not to our miracles.

Are you feeling connected enough artistically?  Are you happy with your weight?  Are you earning enough money?  Are you bringing in new opportunities?  Are you taking care of your living space and your body optimally? Are you connected to yourself and your life in a way that feels satisfying, life giving and even magical?

If the answer to any of the above is no, or only sometimes, then try these questions on: do you have a devotional practice that you are committed to?  Do you make space for true self care?  Do you have active discipline around taking care of yourself?  Do you cry or feel moved each day by the beauty and miracle of life?

If the answer to these questions is no, or only sometimes… therein lies your answer.

Consistent manifestation requires consistence alignment of thoughts, feelings, and practices.  Too many of us practice the tools of self care and devotional discipline only when we are at rock bottom.  Once we feel better or more in alignment these tools are often the first to drop.  We soon find ourselves stuck once more and desperately seeking them again.

Much like an athlete who works consistently at the practice of his sport, he will find himself prime and in top condition with consistent effort.  If his practices, rituals and support for his sport fall away he will soon find himself lacking and unable to perform at his highest and best.  He may even find opportunities to pursue his sport pass him by.

The Yogis say that all obstacles occur in our lives as warning signs.  Warnings we have left our practices.  They, like those ruts on the side of the road shake the car to veer us back in the right lane.  Obstacles are our protection, not our punishment.

Nathan Alejandro Zapata says “there is no other door or way to happiness but through discipline.  You will know that you are approaching that door when you start to enjoy the disciplines.”

So this New Year if you want to dedicate yourself to something, or resolve anything let it be DEVOTION TO YOURSELF and the practices that can truly support you, uplift you and transform you.

What if you turned a corner this New Year and REALLY called yourself out?

Where do you believe in yourself for a while until you don’t get the results you want and then you give up or ask the outer world to give you the validation you need to come back to your belief?  Where do you devote with 100% energy and vigor to yourself or your craft only to find yourself burnt out or feeling lazy after a certain length of time.  Where do you say you are willing to do the work but secretly you wish someone else would do it for you and have hidden resentments about those it looks “easier for”?

What if instead of making a New Year’s Resolution you just gave yourself a dose of the TRUTH.  Where do I fall off my devotion to myself and this vocation I say I love so much and what rituals, practices, tools or teachers do I need this year to truly DEVOTE myself fully, and with full hearted commitment?

All together now…..

This New Year I devote to ______________________________________________________

This is the way to set yourself up for a place you have never been.

For you will become who you have never been.

This is the moment we have been waiting for.

I WELCOME US ALL INTO 2019 with my own promise of devotion to you all and the artists you are, who I believe in so much,


And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Jen Rudolph