With the welcoming of each New Year we look ahead with anticipation of the possibilities that lie before us. We begin to make resolutions and set our goals accordingly; committing that this year is the year” I lose ten pounds, make more money, be nicer to my spouse”….the list goes on. On the surface all of the goals sound admirable and worthy of pursuing, yet they are often so hard to achieve. Why is that? Because, goals are future oriented, focusing on a fixed outcome that we either achieve or fail, very black and white. As most of us know, life is not black or white; there are many shades of gray. Many starts and stops on our journey towards self-improvement.
A kinder, gentler approach is to set intentions rather than goals. Intentions come from the heart, they are rooted in the present moment, they are a guiding principal of how we want to live and be in the world. Intentions help us clarify our heartfelt aspirations and values; they serve as a guide to living consciously and joyfully. It is not something you attach an outcome or expectation to….regardless of the outcome we gain confidence and wisdom that aligns with our heart and spirit, this begins the transformation.
Our intentions create our reality and then become our guide as we move through our day. So instead of saying “I will lose 10 pounds”, instead choose the intention “I will nourish my body with healthy foods and engage in activities that promote physical well-being”. Instead of saying “I will be nicer to my spouse” instead choose the intention “I will practice kind speech and behaviors in all of my interactions”. Be well my friends….be kind to yourselves and each other on this journey into 2017. Happy New Year!
With Peace & Love,
The holidays are often accompanied with feeling tired and overwhelmed; too much to do and so little time. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to buy the perfect gift, cook the perfect meal, be the perfect host, leaving us feeling exhausted. Make this holiday one of rest and rejuvenation instead of weariness and stress. Take time for yourself to reflect on all that you have accomplished in the past year and time to look ahead with anticipation of what is to come. Remembering always to enjoy what is…below are some ideas to help keep your spirit whole and open through it all:
With Peace & Love,