Peace-filled 2013 Blessings to You!
So often this time of year I hear from clients and students the long list of New Year’s resolutions about their health and fitness. Many of these goals begin with, “I should” or “I shouldn’t” along with an urgency to make an immediate shift because a new year has begun. It always surprises me how these New Year’s ”should’s and shouldn’ts” originating from a thought, concept or idea determine our actions for the coming year.
My response to these resolutions are often: How does your heart and body wisdom feel about your goals for the coming year? Is it realistic to look at the calendar to determine when to take action to shift old patterns? More times than not, there is a long pause of self-inquiry followed by an “aha” moment.
My invitation to you on this first day of 2013 is to take a few moments for self-reflection and honest inquiry to set the tone for your coming year. Rather than let the intelligence or the critic of the mind dictate your goals for 2013, invite the wisdom of the mind, body, spirit connection to reveal a balanced and realistic course of action.
Here are some easy tips to help get you started:
❤ Take 30-90 seconds to have a conversation with the spirit of your heart. Be sure to listen deeply to what your heart wisdom wishes to share with you in general and specifically about your goals and intentions for the coming year without self-judgement. This heart talk meditation can be done daily in the morning and before going to bed to deepen into the intelligence of the heart.
❤ Honestly ask yourself, “Is it true?” when “should’s” and “shouldn’ts” arise in the mind. More often than not, this simple act of self-inquiry widens the aperture of our perspective leading to dissolving the limited mind set of “shoulding” on ourselves opening us up to a more balanced view rooted in truth and non-judgement.
❤ Practice turning up the volume of your body’s intelligence by fine tuning your awareness of the sensations in your body. Our body is a barometer that will guide us into balance if we just take the time to truly listen and observe. How often have we found ourselves saying, “I should have listened to that little feeling in my gut.”? We can open our perspective to a balanced view simply by noticing what the pulse of our inner environment, or as I call it the Body Current, is sharing. The breath is a pathway leading to these sensations. Taking time daily to slow down, breathe deeply and tune in to what we see, hear, smell, taste and feel in our body turns up the volume of our innate wisdom. Rather than impulsively making a decision on how to exercise, what to eat or how to react to a situation, try responding to what the body is sharing with you in the moment. You will be amazed at the shifts and balance you create with each moment of deep presence and awareness in your body.
I look forward to sharing in the coming year with you whether in one of my playshops, classes or in a private session to support you in creating a balanced, sustainable and optimal lifestyle of fitness each and every day of the year.
From my heart, Happy New Year!