December 10, 2019

Welcoming in the New Year with 20/20 Vision.

“What is, is the was, of what shall be.” ~ unknown


Our ability to see is only partially connected to the strength of our eyes.

The power of our sight comes with our ability to have a broad and open perspective.

I am not one for making New Year’s resolutions, however, I am optimistic about the coming year. Along with ending the turbulent “teens,” we are starting a new decade that brings with it feelings of change.

2020 is filled with possibilities of 20/20 vision.

With this new decade, we have an opportunity for a fresh start and renewed clarity. December is our time to purge the old and begin the shift into new vibrations.

Letting go of what is no longer working for our lives comes from taking a long and in-depth look at where we have been. With honest eyes, we can assess our accomplishments and reassess our setbacks.

Our ability to see ourselves and examine our choices without judgment allows us to step forward with a clearer understanding of where we are heading. To do so, learning to see may take work.

To broaden our perception, we need what my acupuncturist calls eagle eyes. An eagle’s eyesight is at the top of the animal kingdom, but they possess a perspective we can all emulate.

By living in cities, our sight line has become shortened. Stopped by tall buildings, the distance our eyes see lessens, and our depth of “seeing” becomes shallow. Our eyes become accustomed to focusing on what is only in front of us, creating tunnel vision.

Her philosophy is to spend time somewhere where our views are unobstructed. From atop a vista, a precipice overlooking a valley, or gazing at the horizon over the ocean—anywhere where the view is open and vast. By opening our horizons, not only do we exercise the muscles in our eyes, but we also open our mind to seeing.

Eastern medicine practices define our health as a balance of mind, body, and spirit—and it begins with our eyes. Our eyes are not just there to take in visual input, but also to pierce the veil of possibilities. To see a new reality is the first step to manifesting it.

The hazard of tunnel vision is expressed by the idiom, “One cannot see the forest for the trees,” which John Heywood was documented saying in 1546. It clearly illustrates getting caught in the minutia, the detail, and failing to see the whole picture.

Commonly, we get caught up in one perspective—our perspective—and fail to see other points of view. With the help of eagle eyes and an aerial view, we can see the whole picture, where we have been and where we are heading. Combined with patience, courage, and suppleness of mind, we will emerge with a renewed excitement for the coming year with 20/20 vision.

What to let go of for 20/20 vision this New Year:

Let go of mental anguish and anxiety about what was, making room only for the essentials of what is and the manifestation of what will be.

Let go of your need to fill the holidays with stuff. Start by getting rid of something from every room. Because you have space does not mean you need to fill it. Instead of things, fill your open space with gratitude, love, and embrace spending time with those who bring you joy.

Let go of the need to overdo. Less can be more.


“When I was younger, I made some decisions that I shouldn’t have. And, in hindsight, I’ve almost always been wrong when I haven’t listened to myself.” ~ Daniel Day-Lewis


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