Instead of that long list of resolutions how about a few SOLID intentions, ones that revolve around practicing self care and self love first and foremost?
I’ve ditched the resolution listing at the start of each year for the last 3 or 4 years. Setting intentions similar to how we might in yoga, I’ve had much more success. Every time I come to the mat I have a chance to revisit those intentions, reflect on them, and see if I’ve made progress… almost as if each practice is creating a blank slate – a chance for me to begin to do the work if I haven’t yet or to reflect on the work that I’ve started. Being a fan of routine (and making lists) I will often make a smaller intention list at the beginning of each month rather than once a year- it works for me and it might work for you?
When I feel like saying “tomorrow” or “next week” or “if only _____ was _____ then I could _____” aka making excuses. I’m guilty… I make excuses sometimes more than I like to admit. I’m human. We’re all human. When I begin to make excuses more than usual, I like to remember and reflect on how it feels to be on the other end, because when I get stuck it’s a pretty depressing place to be. We feel good when we’re active, eating better, kind to ourselves, and mindful – most importantly if were always striving to do our best… we talk to ourselves much better- from a place of love- which is SO important. How many times have you talked terribly to yourself in front of the mirror or anywhere for that matter? Would you talk to someone else like that, I think not! So stop doing it to yourself! In class, I say it all the time- take that energy you just spent on that NEGATIVE judgement or thought and turn it into something POSITIVE or better yet here’s a challenge: every time you tell yourself you aren’t worthy, beautiful, strong, or whatever it may be- do a 1 min plank!
Here are some of my favorite ways to stay motivated and connected when I’m discouraged or in a FUNK…
- Find a new hobby
- Start back up an old hobby
- Join a gym/club/studio/etc but start with a modest intention one month at a time. Often we sign up for a year or more before we know if it’s a right fit and then feel guilty for not going. I have done this SO many times… Now I do one month at a time once I’ve gone for 2 months consistently I re-evaluate and commit to more to save $$.
- Practice self care and lots of it: Salt baths, books, massages, essential oils, candles, etc. Develop a self care routine that renews you, make it your sacred ritual.
- Schedule a private yoga session to get a personal practice routine specific for your needs physical and emotional.
- Schedule a Space Clearing/House Blessing for your house, get rid of old stagnant energy to make room for new intentions.
- Plan a trip or retreat that is purely for YOU, that’s based around well being and renewing.
- Start a meditation practice- just minutes can do wonders.
When you do your best the rest will fall into place. Best of luck to everyone this 2015! See you in practice! Also feel free to contact me about scheduling a private session or Space Clearing/House Blessing. Namaste!
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