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New Years Resolutions

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New Years Resolutions

 

A new year begins. Did you make any new years resolutions? I heard of one from a stranger at the checkout counter today. His resolution is to be healthier; he was buying a pair of dumbbells. This fits in perfectly with the topic I’ve been wanting to write about this week.

Every year millions of people make resolutions, and millions minus a few eventually feel frustrated then guilty for not following through and ultimately abandon them. A resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something” or “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.” People resolve to be healthier, to get along better with their significant others or family members, to get rid of things which no longer serve them. They decide it’s time to commit to someone or something or move on, to leave an unsatisfactory job and do something more worthwhile or fulfilling, or to just be more positive overall.

Two reasons so many of us “fail” in our resolutions isn’t lack of or misguided vision or intent, but under-defined goals and lack of plans for reaching them. Let’s look at the goal to “be healthier.” It sounds like a great goal…who can’t benefit from becoming more healthy? But what does that mean? If that’s the whole goal, it’s extremely vague and not very motivating for making changes. It’s also difficult to measure follow through and progress.

When we set goals we need to be very specific, create plans for achieving them, then evaluate and make adjustments as needed. In order to be healthier do you want to improve your diet, exercise more, get more sleep, drink less alcohol, incorporate meditation into your life? Once you have a more specific goal, it can be further refined to make it easier to achieve. If you want to get more sleep, identify how many hours you get regularly now and how many you want to get in order to be healthier. But don’t stop there.

It sounds great to have a goal of getting an hour and a half more sleep, on average, every night, but just wishing for it won’t make it happen. Will you set an alarm on your phone for an hour before you want to be in bed so you can be ready at your new bedtime? Maybe you will make a to do list on Sunday evening with specific items for each day and schedule them in so you don’t find yourself trying to achieve multiple tasks a half hour before bed. Maybe you’re a napper and will schedule a nap every other day. The point here is to be specific and set into motion a plan that will work.

As you proceed along the path of fulfilling your resolution, it helps to check in. Is your plan workable or do you need to make adjustments? How many hours of sleep are you getting regularly now? It’s also a good idea to have small rewards periodically to keep you motivated, and to allow for slip-ups without condemning yourself. Sometimes it helps to make changes gradually so you’re not overwhelmed. Maybe your goal is to add an hour and a half of sleep each night, but that’s a big change, so increasing by a half hour every month or two might be more reachable. You can always increase more quickly if it goes really well, but expecting too much at first can lead to “failure” and abandoning the goal because it’s too difficult.

It is good to reflect on the past year and make reasonable goals for the new one. Hopefully we’ll all choose a resolution or two that are workable and make specific plans to achieve them, then reward ourselves as we make progress along the way. It feels great to achieve goals—small, daily ones and major life-changing ones. Here’s to making 2017 the best year yet!

 

 

 

 

The Secret of Health

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The Secret of Health

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.        Buddha.

This is a wonderful quote for centering and generally being mindful. In light of the current state of our nation as a result of the election, regardless of who you voted for, I think this is especially helpful now. May we all rally up and be wise and earnest as we move forward to build community, one step at a time.

Just Smile

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Just Smile

Who doesn’t like to smile? But, I often don’t do it enough. It’s not that I’m frowning or not happy, but I don’t actively smile as much as I could. Smiling has multiple benefits, not the least of which is making the world a better place. We all know that it’s contagious…if you smile at others, most people will smile back. It’s nice to add a little cheer to someone’s day. But what happens to us when we smile?

If I relax my face into a neutral state, then just make myself smile without thinking of anything to make it happen I immediately feel uplifted, lighter. If I think of something that’s irritating or difficult for me, then make myself smile, the irritation decreases or disappears. Just choosing to smile more leads to a happier disposition, and a higher vibration, and in the manner of manifesting…more of what I’d like to see in my life.

One of my ongoing goals is to smile more, whether I’m alone or with friends, doing something fun or, especially, when I’m not 🙂   Have a happy day!

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness

I attended a great workshop last week on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. The idea behind mindfulness is to be fully aware in the moment, in the present. We can’t be present if we’re focused on the past or future. One of the many things I took away with me from the workshop was a great way to make this more effective: Don’t Anticipate, Don’t Ruminate.

If we anticipate, we’re looking ahead, not paying attention to the now. It may create happy feelings, if we expect that what we’re anticipating will be positive, but it’s still not here yet and occupies a lot of space in the now. And if it doesn’t turn out as we’re expecting, we’re disappointed. If we’re expecting it to be stressful or sad or frustrating, feelings associated with that will be getting in the way of now and our potential to feel good now. Worry is definite killer of contentment and happiness.

If we ruminate, we’re rehashing old stuff. It’s the past and can’t be changed regardless of how much we wish it had gone differently. Even if we’re revisiting positive memories, that focus keeps us from being in the present and from experiencing joy from what’s happening now.

Don’t anticipate, don’t ruminate. A great mantra for staying in the present.

The Power of Intention II

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The Power of Intention II

You’re probably aware of and maybe read or watched “The Secret”, a book and movie about manifesting the life you want to live. This is all based upon the use of your intention to urge the universe to create that which you desire. Your intention can be likened to your energy or thoughts. What you send out creates results according to its content. If your intention is to create wealth, and you couple that with belief, and of course are willing to work toward that goal, you will increase wealth. If you wish to heal yourself of an ailment and have the intention to do so, and believe it to be so, you will heal. If you want to help someone and put forth that intention and trust in the process, you will be helpful.

Sometimes we don’t recognize when we receive our wishes, as they can be a bit disguised or show up a bit later than anticipated, but if you look with an open mind you’ll probably find the result you sought. Sometimes we’re not quite specific enough in our intention, or don’t realize how many ways it can come to fruition, or we realize what we’ve thought was the desired result wasn’t in our or others’ best interest and the outcome is different, but better than envisioned. The key is in being specific with your intention and having faith, then opening yourself to the possibilities of what that result will be. Any negative thoughts or fears, lack of trust, will give energy to not reaching your goal, as they create a new intention of lack or failure. What you resist (or fear) persists, and what you focus upon becomes your reality.

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The Power of Intention

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The Power of Intention

There really is much to be said about intention. I became interested, and a believer, in energy work simply through intention. During the first day of clinic during my massage program…the very first day of practicing my new skills on willing, patient and trusting clients and only a third of the way through my program, I was asked if I could offer a chakra balancing session. I explained that while I had learned about the chakra system and some Eastern philosophy, I hadn’t yet learned any specific techniques for balancing it. My client simply stated, “That’s fine, I’m sure your intuition will guide you and I trust you to do what you think is best.”

Well, I was quite surprised and buoyed by this person’s trust, in me and the universe, and decided that I would do just that…follow my intuition and have the intention to do my best. Not really knowing what I was “doing” but focusing on being present and listening to her body and energy field I proceeded to do what felt right to balance her system. At the end of the session this client, whom I’d never before met or worked with, held my hand and said, “That was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Thank you so much.”

At that moment I became a believer in not only energy work, but intention. I believe that because of my intention to offer this client what she needed, and her intention that I would do so, she had an amazing experience. I have had energy work sessions with clients who were skeptical yet still experienced amazing results, but the combination of intention, technique and trust is incredibly powerful. I’ve also become very trusting in my intuition and worked to strengthen my ability to listen to it.

 

 

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