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BYHANNAHM.BORABABYSomewherealongthepathwaytoadulthoodtherecomesatimewhenthemagicalpracticeoftossingpenniesintowishingwellsgiveswaytodailyto-dolistsandplanningforthefuture.Wish-makingnolongerseemslikeapracticaluseoftimeforgrownwomenbalancingjobsfamilyandpersonallives.Whatweoftenfailtoconsiderhoweveristhatwish-makingisnotsomuchachildhoodpracticeasitisapowerfulartwhichcanbecultivateddaily.Wedonothavetowaitforstarstofallinordertorealizeourdeepestdesireswecanwishthemintobeingsimplybycallingourdesirestomindwithdeliberation.Thechallengehereisthattheprocessofwishingrequiresthatwedenewhatitiswewant.IfyoureanythinglikeIamthequestionWhatdoIwantislikelytoinspiresomethingakintowhatadeermustexperiencewhenstaringintooncomingheadlights.Manyincrediblygiftedwomenofmyacquaintancehaveahardtimeansweringthisquestion.Perhapsthisisbecausedeepdownwefeelashamedofwantingwhateveritiswelongfor.Perhapswefeelweneedtobemoreperfectbeforewetrulydeservethethingswewant.Perhapswearelimitedbythatinternalcommitteewhichtellsuswearenotcapableofachievingourdreams.Oftenweholddeeplyrootedfearsthatgetinthewayofbeingabletoimaginealifeforourselvesinwhichwefeelfullledphysicallyintellectuallyandemotionally.Wherethereisfearthereisdoubt.Wherethereisdoubtwishescannotcometrue.SoforafewmomentseachdayIinviteyoutoputyourdoubtsaside.Tunein.Connecttothechildwithinyouwhoisnotlimitedbytheboundariesofadulthood.AskwhatismyvisionformylifeandfortheworldaroundmeIfatrstyoufeelintimidatedbysuchabroadquestionthenstartsimpleandrememberthattruechangefortheworldbeginswithprofoundchangefortheindividual.AskwhatbringsmejoyWhataremygiftsWhatmakesmeuniqueWhenwerecognizeandtakeownershipofourindividualstrengthsopportunitiestousethemopenup.Wearenolongerlimitedbydoubtsaboutouracceptabilityinsteadweareabletobemoreintentionalaboutwherewedirectourfocus.Aswebecomespecicaboutwhatwewantwearebetterabletodistinguishwhatwedontwantsoasnottowasteourenergyonactivitiesrelationshipsorcareersthatdonotserveus.Forexampleyoumayndyourselfinajobwhereyoufeelyournaturalinstinctsarenothonored.Maybeyourtalentisfornoticingdetailsothersmissandasaresultyouhaveasenseofhowthingsintheworkplacecouldbedonemoreeffectively.Youremployermaynotbeopentoyoursuggestionsbutinsteadofgettingdownonyourselfandwastingpreciousenergytryingtoquietyourinstinctsyoucanembracethoseoriginalimpulsesandlookforopportunitieswhereyourinsightswouldbevalued.Whenwearesureaboutwhatwehavetoofferwebecomemoreawareofwhatitisweneed.Ifyourhopeisforaromanticrelationshipratherthansimplywishingforaboyfriendtaketimetoenvisiontheidealformthatpartnershipwouldtake.DoyouwantapartnerwhowillsupportyouinbeingartisticspiritualandadventurousWhatisimportanttoyouThemorespecicweareaboutwhatweneedthemorelikelywearetorecognizeitwhenitshowsupinourlives.Ifyouwanttoloseweighttrytoimaginebecominghealthyinawaythatisenjoyablenaturalandsustainable.Youmaysuddenlystarttonoticesignsfordancelessonswholefoodscookingclassesorgrouphikes.Youmayevenmeetapartnerwhosebeliefsabouthealthylivingareinalignmentwithyours.Itisimportanttoremainunattachedtohowandwhentheanswerstoourwishesmayshowupsincetheyrarelyappearexactlyaswepictured.Moreoftenourwishesarefullledinwaysevenricherthanwecouldhaveimagined.Anotherbenettobeingmorespecicaboutwhatwewantisthatwerealizewedonothavetodoitalone.Allaroundusthereareotherswithuniquegiftsthatcomplementourown.Wecanlearnfromthemandperhapsevenjoinoureffortswiththeirs.Amajorculturalshiftisunderway.Manyaretakingastepbackfrominterpersonalcompetitionandrecognizingthevalueofcommunity.Inthisatmospherenetworksofpeopleensurethateveryonehaswhattheyneedtothrive.Weknowthatwhenindividualsourishsodoesthecommunity.OhwemightsayyouneedsomethingImaynothaveitbutIknowsomeonewhodoes.JusttellhimIsentyou.Theworldopensuptouswhenwerecognizethatwearenotonlyworthyofreceivinghelpweareworthyenoughtoaskforit.Wesimplyneedtobemorespecicaboutwhatitisweareaskingfor.___________________________________________________HannahM.BorababylivesinAshevilleNorthCarolina.ThereamongthemistymountainssheworksinchilddevelopmentstudiesyogaandnutritionhelpsfacilitateaholistichealinggroupcalledStoryMedicineandishardatworkonherfrstnovel.Hannahdrawsherinspirationfromvariousschoolsofmindfulnesspracticeintegrativehealthandalternativeliving.Shehailsfromalonglineofmedicinewomenandfeelsgratefultobecarryingonthetradition.WishingWellThepowerofbeingspecicaboutwhatwewant7WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETMAY2014