New Year. Same You.
As the New Year approaches and the clock strikes twelve, millions of resolutions are set to be broken.
Over the years I have tried different tactics on creating resolutions that I would actually follow through with. The larger than life resolution that there was no way I could possibly ignore. The less transformational that still had value. Yet, was actually attainable. Right? The weight loss. The lifestyle adjustments. The giving up of certain vices. The only one I was most consistent with was more of joke between my sister and I. It was light hearted and fun. Maybe it was more reachable because we were able to laugh about it together. To create some what of an "accountability" over what started as an inside joke. Then somehow it transformed into something a bit deeper. Regardless, the following year I gave up on the New Year Resolution. Completely.
Anytime I have let go of a bad habit, make an adjustment to myself or my lifestyle it has come about naturally. Things just started to happen in a different way. I don't have to wait for the first of the year to tell myself it is time to make changes. However, as the clock keeps ticking closer to midnight I can't help but reflect over the past year. The ups, the downs, ins and the outs and all the shifts that can occur in such a short time.
Then it hit me. I realized that most of my transformational genius comes to me when I am practicing yoga. When I am connecting with myself and clearly LISTENING. That as part of this practice I resolve ALL-THE-TIME. This comes in the form of intentions, affirmations, mantras, offerings. Whatever you want to call them. I listen to my intuition and connect with the ebb and flow of what is happening in my life at that exact moment. Then having the ability to offer myself exactly what I need (fingers crossed). Sometimes small, just to get me through the practice or the day. Other times larger carrying me off my mat and out into the world. Quarterly I transform with the seasons and it is during these times that I prefer to make larger gestures of cleansing and letting go to continue the growth and the on-going self study.
Yes. This is a continuous process. Not a once a year sort of thing. A person can grow and change a lot in three hundred and sixty five days. So, consider this landmark as an opportunity to reflect on the bigger picture. To draw a deeper awareness of yourself and check in. Don't set unreachable resolutions to fail. Set smaller affirmations throughout the year to keep elevating yourself. To keep bringing you to your higher potential.
I suppose I do have a resolution for 2015. This year I resolve to keep doing what I am doing. From there I can only go up. As I am forever changing, and shedding old skin.
For my mantra to carry me through the start of this fresh chapter I go to the wise words of Rose Lindsay from Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead
"Don't feel overwhelmed, just do one thing at a time"