‘Tis the time of year to make those new year’s resolutions! I’ve always loved this time of year as it symbolizes new beginnings and I feel excited thinking of all the possibilities in store for my future. As we reflect on the trials and tribulations that marked 2020, I know one thing for sure, we have grown as individuals and as a community. That growth may not have been altogether pleasant, but like the chrysalis turning into a butterfly, pain or discomfort is necessary for our transformation into more loving humans. I feel confident that 2021 will bring an abundance of happiness and joy for all.
Traditionally, we think of giving things up for our resolutions; however, I have found that adding positive changes to my life is easier and more sustainable in the long run. For instance, in years past I would focus on eliminating unhealthy habits or behaviors. This would be met with limited success, usually enduring the month of January. But for the last few years, I have focused on adding healthy habits and behaviors each new year and these changes have stuck. I added a regular meditation practice four years ago and have continued to this day because of the tremendous difference it has made in bringing mindfulness into my life. I also trained myself to begin the day, from the minute my eyes open, with an appreciation of things I am grateful for. These small additions to my routine have become new positive habits for me which, in the long run, have made more of a difference than my futile attempts at eliminating things from my life.
This year I challenge you to add some positive changes to your routine and make these your new habit. It can be adding exercise, starting a gratitude journal, begin or deepen your meditation practice, adding healthier food options to your diet, or just be kinder.
As the saying goes, ‘Kindness is free, spread that sh*t everywhere!’
Happy New Year!!