Winding Down

It’s the end of the year so I have been doing some reflecting on the goals that I set out at the beginning of the year.  I want to encourage you to do the same.

-Did I achieve my goal?

-Did I forget what my goal even was?

-Did I get some things done and others need more work?

-Where am I at?

-What did I learn?

-What obstacles did I face?

-How did I deal with those obstacles?

-Do I feel satisfied with the result of this year?

For me, this year brought many challenges physically, emotionally and spiritually.  However, if I see carefully, I feel for certain that all of the difficulties that I found myself facing were placed perfectly on my path because of my year-long goal of “letting go of myself”.  I realized that hardships are the BEST way to let go of yourself!  Through each one I navigated my way through, I felt I was filing down my ego more and more, building new habits to replace old ones and discovering new ways of approaching life.  I certainly gained a good deal of insight and more confidence, as well as an increased sense of overall acceptance of my body, my mind, my life and all the cards it has dealt me.

Even though the process of letting go of myself is a life long process that could never be completed within one year, what I feel best about at this moment is that I am very clear what goals I want to set for next year for continuing to develop myself.

On a final note, I just want to share with you two of the things that I have been using for my self-development these days are:

The One Minute Exercise app for helping me with daily training (

and Ilchi Lee’s newest book, “I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years.”

I highly recommend them both!  And I’d like to conclude my post today with a simple message from the book, which is full of clarity and wisdom for living a healthy and purposeful life:

Self-cultivation presupposes self-exploration, for you cannot truly develop and grow unless you know yourself. And true self-cultivation never end with yourself. When you develop yourself, you find the benefits extend to your family and other people, to your community, to your country, and to the whole planet.  Changes in you lead to changes in the entire world.

Happy self-cultivating in 2017 and beyond!!!

2 Thoughts.

  1. Hardships are indeed the best way we all learn to let go of ourselves, thank you so much again Danielle for another insightful post and for all your entries this year. Healing Tree has been the most important mental health resource I have found in my life (if I may be so bold as to label it among such 🙂, I know it is still much more than this 🙂), second only to the love of my family, your blog has absolutely anchored my sanity this year, and working to follow your advice has been a revelation. Being that it’s Christmas season, I’d like to say that reading Healing Tree has been among the greatest gifts of my life. You are incredible, Danielle, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and health and happiness to you and your family ❤❤❤xxx

    • Thank you so much for all of your kind words, Ruth. I am SO happy to hear of Healing Tree being that kind of resource for you! What a beautiful thing :)) Stay strong and I am wishing YOU a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year. Sending Love & Light ~

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