New Year’s Eve: a time for resolutions and changes. On this day, millions (probably billions) of individuals, get together and make goals for the upcoming year. However; these goals are even grander: as we call them resolutions. Over the years, I’ve found that resolutions were not only unpractical but nine times out of ten typically unresolved. So today, on this New Year’s Eve, I thought I would try a different approach. For my New Year’s resolution, I am going to resolve to be true to myself and my intentions. What this means to me is that if I make a mistake or a set back, well that’s normal. That’s human. And so instead of being distraught about ruining my New Year’s Resolution, I’m going to simply smile and press on.
New Year’s Resolution One: Be Present
In every yoga class, I emphasize to my students the importance of being in the moment. Today, I’m going to try to practice what I preach and enjoy each moment for what it is. Whether this means be aware of my body in its asanas, focusing on my writing work or simply playing with my children: I am going to try to be in the moment. I’ve realized in my year of personal exploration that the scattered wandering of my mind (focusing on multiple lists) is not only unproductive but also extremely stressful. So, that’s it: as of today, I’m going to work on the Now.
Resolution Two: Breathe
Our breathe is so important and powerful. It cleanses our body, gives us our energy and helps soothe and calm. Throughout my day I am going to continue to have mini yoga moments, where I simply take the time to bring in prana (the life force) into my body.
Resolution Three: Smile More
There is so much power in a simple smile. When you give a true smile you not only make yourself feel better but also those around you. Try it just for a moment. Smile and see how that rush of powerful endorphins radiates through your body and you just start to feel better. Oh, and I’m also going to laugh more. And if it’s not coming naturally in one day, I may just force up a chortle or two until my body is enjoying the power of a wonderful laugh.
Resolution Four: Accept Myself and Forgive
This is a big one. I need to realize that if I set small goals (sometimes perhaps unrealistic ones) its ok if I don’t make them all of the time. There will be weeks when I’m extremely productive and others where my body is saying slow down. And that’s ok.
Resolution Five: Accept Others
Its taken me four decades to realize that I can’t change others but only myself. And so, if something bothers me I’m going to try to remember to take those breathes and change my own perspective. It may take a few moments and a bit of self talk but I resolve to try to see another person’s perspective. And of course, smile.
Those are my goals for the year. I look forward to hearing about yours. Have an incredible New Year and I look forward to reflecting on yoga with you and it’s beautiful path in the New Year.