There is so much opportunity and hope that comes with a new year. And as many can agree, 2016 was a rough one to send off, with the U.S. facing extreme political polarization, racial tensions, divide, and the deaths of some of our most beloved artists and entertainers of this age.
However bad the past year may have been for anyone feeling these burdens, we can all agree that our time here on earth is a gift and, with 2017, comes a clean slate to decide how to utilize this gift.
Many people (myself included) decide to set resolutions. So many of us resolve to better ourselves through diet, weight loss, gym time, or even financial success with each new year. Personal goals and intentions are wonderful, but achieving goals without sustaining the deeper feelings of gratitude and joy that we all truly seek, can leave us feeling empty.
For this reason, I wanted to post a few spiritually and emotionally beneficial New Year’s resolutions that I decided to set as my intentions this year.
Don’t get me wrong! I am still pairing these important intentions with my personal goals, which I believe can be very rewarding. ☺ Just make sure to remind yourself why you want to achieve a healthier diet, smaller waistline, career success, bigger bank account, etc. Most will find it is to be happier, healthier, or more fulfilled. Which is exactly what the following resolutions will do for you as well.
So without further adieu….
1. I have resolved to make gratitude a significant part of my daily life.
Anyone on the path of yoga will soon come across this ancient philosophy, which crosses countless cultures, countries, and religions. You cannot receive without giving. And giving thanks for what you already have in every major area of life (health, career, relationships, etc.), no matter how small it may feel to you at the time, is the biggest positive change you can make on the path to becoming a happier and more fulfilled version of yourself. This is why I have resolved to make gratitude an extremely significant part of my daily life. My tip would be to start and end your day thinking of or writing down a list of things that make you feel truly grateful. The joy and love you feel when you feel thankful and appreciative is absolutely priceless. It can lead to nothing but abudance.
2. I have resolved to be more mindful.
“Mindfulness” is something that we hear about often, but many of us aren’t even sure what true mindfulness entails. For myself, it involves staying present and allowing life’s joy to penetrate my every move. I am and always have been a “worrier” so I have resolved to stop, breathe, and listen to the moment as often as I can. All that we truly have is this moment, so we may as well do our best to enjoy it. ☺
3. I have resolved to make prayer and meditation the most important of my daily activities.
I would like to say that this resolution can cross religions and beliefs, no matter what yours may be. ☺ Just know that we are spiritual beings, and connecting to that truth is the most important thing that we can do to feel fulfilled. As C.S. Lewis once stated, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” I live my life with this at the forefront of my mind, and want to remember it every chance I can throughout my day. So I have resolved to both pray and meditate (I believe meditation often gives you a sense of inner calm as well as the answers you seek) much more often this year.
I hope these three resolutions can give you a sense of well-being, as they already are for me. Below I have also listed some books I have decided to read as part of this process.
I wish you all a joyful, mindful year of abudance and love. Namaste always.