What if instead of New Year's Resolutions, you picked a word? A single word that'll be your anchor for the year. No matter what happens, you bring it back to your word.
I know this might sound totally different than what you're used to, but hear me out.
In 2020, my word was "pleasure." Pleasure is 1 of the 4 aims of life, according to the Vedic philosophy of yoga. I wanted to find more ways to bring pleasure into my life.
Obviously, I had no idea what 2020 had in store! But, in a way, everything shutting down, all the pandemic precautions, led to a more simpler way of life. I spent more time in Nature. I tried new recipes. I had to search for creative ways to connect with my loved ones.
So, although 2020 was hard. The fact that I had the word "pleasure" as my focus, led me to find creative ways to enjoy the simple moments in life even more.
The point of a word of the year isn't that it'll make all your dreams come true or your problems disappear. That would be great, and I bet you see a lot of coaches and self-help guru's proclaiming this constantly!
But, that's not my approach.
There's no single thing that's going to make your life perfect. But do you know what there is?
There's mindset shifts that you can make on a daily basis to come into a resourceful state. A state of resiliency and radiance. A state where your actions are in greater alignment with your values. From this space, you'll find a sense of fulfillment no matter the external circumstances.
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I know this year was hard, but in keeping with the theme of my last blog, I invite you to give yourself this season to reflect.
Yes, this year had many losses. You may have lost a loved one. Or, your business. Or, job. These are very real losses. Like knock-you-to-your-knees-in-tears type of losses.
As I invite you to reflect, I acknowledge these losses. I honor and respect the gravity that this year has brought into your life. I see you and I hear you, my friend.
I also know that the most painful life situations give you the opportunity to dive deeper into your Self. These situations can be powerful catalysts for reconnecting to your Spirit. Opportunities to re-define what's most important to you in your life moving forward. An opportunity to figure out what you want this next season to look like.
A Simple Process For Finding The Good
This process starts with awareness and reflection. I offer you 3 questions to reflect on this week. You may want to sit with these thoughts, or even jot your responses down in a journal. Either way, I hope these questions help you find some of the blessings and silver linings in this past year.
As always, I'd love to hear your insights as you reflect on these questions. Leave a comment below or send me a message to let me know!
This is always such a time of reflection for me. This time of year. Maybe because my birthday is right around the corner. Or, the days are getting shorter and its getting dark out earlier. It's getting colder outside.
It's as though Nature is inviting you to turn inward. To reflect upon your past year and the upcoming one.
It's also an interesting time because this holiday season is going to be different than anything you've experienced before. The pandemic has brought all sorts of new challenges to the season.
But, you have the opportunity to see these as challenges OR opportunities. And so, I invite you to accept Nature's invitation to reflect inward.
This is the 1 thing to do...
Cultivate a mindset of reflection and opportunity through the challenges. This is what builds resilience and radiance. Happiness is an inside job and it starts with awareness.
Watch this 3-minute video for guidance and prompts to help you get started on your process of reflection!
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Grief and loss don't even begin to explain the year of 2020. As I was recently processing these emotions myself, I stumbled upon a couple videos I made a few years ago. I found a sense of calm as I went back and watched them, and so I want to share them with you today.
In this 1st video, I share the Buddhist practice of Metta. This is a practice of loving-kindness, and of transforming loss into love. (4 minutes)
In this 2nd video, you'll put into action what you just learned from the 1st video. Find a cozy seat, and follow along in this 5-minute guided loving-kindness meditation practice.
I'd love to hear your experience with this meditation. Leave a comment below to let me know!