Photo: George Burns
By now you've probably heard the Internet rumors about the year 2012. Or maybe you saw 2012, the movie starring John Cusack as a man trying to survive the end of the world. (Remember the line from the movie's ads? "We Were Warned.") For those of you not familiar with the prophecies of global change (based partly on the cycles of the Mayan calendar), suffice it to say that some people predict a cataclysmic collapse of human civilization, while others foresee a time of spiritual transformation.
Of course no one knows what will actually happen in 2012, but one thing I do know for sure is the power of intention. And I intend to approach this year as one of great promise. No doomsday for me: I'm going to do my part, within myself and within the world, to bring about a shift that lets us live more authentically, more lovingly, more intuitively, more creatively, and more collaboratively. That's my idea of spiritual evolution. Of a spiritual revolution!
I choose to see it as the dawning of a new year of alignment, because with alignment comes enlightenment. When you're aligned with your heart's desire, when you're in sync with who you're meant to be and how you're supposed to contribute to our magnificent Earth, you feel a shift in perception. You start to notice that miracles show up regularly.
Some people call these miracles coincidences or serendipity. I like to call them marvelisms. Because when I'm doing everything I'm meant to do to keep my mind, body, and spirit whole (which for me means meditating twice a day, eating healthy, and exercising at least one hour daily), I constantly marvel at how other experiences fall into place. It's as though that beautiful line in Paulo Coelho's novel The Alchemist comes true: "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
It could be something as simple as thinking about tomato soup—and suddenly a producer walks by and says, "I picked up some tomato soup at lunch and now I don't want it. Do you? It's still warm."
Or really needing a massage and then, when I'm at Starbucks, running into the masseuse I haven't seen since last year.
I try to take no encounter or experience for granted. Everything happens in accordance with how we think and what we choose. Yet I do marvel that life, year after year, keeps revealing the best of itself—if we're willing to see it that way.
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From the January 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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