And just like that it’s the middle of the year! As I write to you, I’m prepping the playlist for my Winter Solstice workshop this Wednesday (by the way, a couple of empty spots just came up as 2 of our soul sisters had an unexpected work commitment – so if you and your yoga buddy are ready to jump the fence, book yourself in right here). I’ll be teaching an ‘octahedron’ energy healing process that I’ve never shared publicly before..

In a few weeks, by the end of June, Australia ends its financial year and the hot topic suddenly revolves around ‘tax returns’ and the precarious nature of what a business owner can ‘legally’ claim – hello unprecedented trip to Office Works where I stock up on all things stationery *wink*!

So how have the last 6 months been for you?

I’ve been musing on the power of the 6 month mark – much like I do every year around this time. In fact it’s one of the reasons that the winter solstice holds a very special place in my heart, because I have the opportunity to see what the first 6 months of the year were like, where I’m at right now, and where I want to go in the next 6 months.

I reflect on what my intention was 6 months ago during the summer solstice, which for me, carries a different energy, as the end of the year and the looming promise of a new one inspires a different sort of energy that’s less of a metaphoric death and renewal, and more of a planning and sewing of seeds.

And I always revisit the chakras, as they’re not a system that is linear, but rather cyclical (have you taken the quiz? At different times in your life, you’ll receive different results, depending on what might be going on for you..)

When I go through each chakra, I ask myself where I might be over compensating (being excessive), where I might be avoiding (feeling deficient), what do I need to do to find a sense of balance, and do I have enough space to be open to something new from the Universe?

For example, regarding my base chakra, I was going to move my home office to a different location, but because the 2 main men in my life (my dad and RuRu) had a few health hiccups, I decided to postpone the move so that my foundations were solid and grounded enough in order for me to be of service to both of them.

Then the possibility of a new business opportunity to teach kids about yoga and chakras (yay!) also came knocking, so my priorities changed in order to give this little engine that could, a chance to toot its own little horn.

Astrologers often talk about the power of the 6 month mark. For instance, a few weeks ago, we had a full moon in Sagittarius, and the next time that star sign will be in the same sign, will be in December.

I used the symbol of the archer (the sign for Sagittarius) during that night’s meditation. It was a powerful way for me to visualize what I want to aim for in my life just before Christmas.

The winter solstice is a celebration of our spirit being reborn and transformed from inner darkness into light. Spiritually, it is symbolic of allowing the darker shadow side of our personality to come out, to be acknowledged and to be transformed as it heals.

The length of daylight, the time between sunrise and sunset, starts increasing from the time of the solstice. From then on we can start to look forward to longer days, increased energy and vitality and an awakening of our spirit, goals and aspirations.

I’m subscribed to Alexandra Franzen’s mailing list, and I recently came across one of her emails that had 10 thought provoking questions regarding our mid year assessment, so I thought I’d share them with you below in case you found them as helpful as I did.


1. What were my goals at the beginning of this year?

2. Are my goals the same—or have things changed?

3. Is there something I’ve been doing lately—like a writing project, a business project, or any kind of project or commitment—that’s not feeling “right” anymore? Do I need to keep doing it? What would happen if I just stopped?

4. What’s something I’m sick of hearing myself say, over and over? Like, “I really need to start…” “I really need to stop…” “Seriously, for real, this week I will…”

5. What’s something I definitely want to create, achieve, or experience before the end of this year?

6. Who are some people I feel jealous of right now—and why? What do they have—or appear to have—that I want?

7. Who’s someone who’s been an important part of my life this year—like an amazing friend, mentor, or colleague? Have I said “thank you” to that person recently?

8. What’s something I see out in the world that breaks my heart? What could I do, say, create, or contribute to be “part of the solution”?

9. Fill in the blank: “This year, one of the best decisions I made was _______.”

10. And lastly: Fill in the blank: “This year, I feel proud of myself because _______.”

Til next time,

Patty Kikos