Honour Your New Year 2014
The New Year. A fresh start. A new beginning.
What does a new year mean to you? Do you love it or dread it? For me, the marking of the New Year is filled with hope, potential, and with anticipatory excitement. It is a time of reflection, honouring what has been, what is currently happening, and what is yet to come.The New Year allows us to think about our lives in a way we often don’t do. It’s easy to get caught in the grind. We have our routines and schedules, we trudge along week by week by week.
The New Year is an ending and a beginning. It is an opportunity to stop, reflect, and start again. For many of us we make those New Years resolutions. Sadly, however, studies show that most New Year’s resolutions never become reality. According to a widely referenced study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, a huge 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions go nowhere.
But as yogis, there is hope! You can weave sankalpa (similar to positive affirmations) into your own daily life, to put you in touch with yourself more and to create that positive frame of mind that’s necessary to take everything in your stride- the good, the bad, the ugly- whatever happens in this new year boosting the likelihood that you will be successful in the fulfillment of your goals. The end result? Happiness.
Firstly you have to get to know yourself better and reflect truthfully (satya) on the past, present and future .You can reflect on this with a meditation/reflecting on yourself and your past, present and future. For example, work with some simple thoughts and questions to help you reflect on what happened in 2013, to align you with what you are grateful for in this very moment, and to set you up to move in the direction you want in 2014. Being able to acknowledge and accept each phase of your past, present and future is important to your health and happiness and a happy new year!
Honoring the Past
As you move into a new phase of life it is natural and important to reflect upon what has been. A lot can happen in the span of a year. I’m sure for most of us 2013 was filled with many wonderful experiences, and challenging ones as well.Take some time to look back upon the magical memories you created this last year. I’m sure if you think about it, there were many. Also take some time to reflect on what didn’t go so well. For it is only by acknowledging what was difficult for us that we are able to make different choices for the future. Honour your past, cherish the beautiful times, and be willing to let the challenging times go. Allow yourself to move into a new reality. Here are some questions to help guide you through this process:
What was significant for me this past year?
What was challenging for me this past year?
What was wonderful this past year?
How did I make it through the hard times?
What were my best times?
How did I grow?
What would I do differently next time?
Deepak Chopra said, “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” Honour your past. Keep the fond memories close. Use the knowledge gained from any challenges to choose differently tomorrow.
Gratitude for the Present
“Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, Thats why it’s called the Present”
While the past and future are important and have their places, what is most relevant is what is happening for you right now.There are many ways that you can bring yourselves back to the now. Meditation is one. Focus on your breath- how many of you really observe your own breathing-we tend to take the breath for granted. It, again, is an opportunity to quieten the chattering mind and reconnect to yourself. The reason this is so important is because if we don’t actively connect into ourselves, then we feel disconnected from everything else. Therefore, if you actively take the time to connect into yourself, you immediately start to feel reconnected to everything else too.
Here are some questions that will bring you back to Now:
What feels good about my life, right now?
What am I grateful for, right now?
What does it feel like to be in my body, right now?
What is important to me, right now?
What am I happy about, right now?
There is so much to appreciate all around us all the time if we just take time to stop and notice. Now is usually pretty good if you let go of what was (past) and what will be (future). Try not to forget that your life is happening right now. You don’t want to miss it. If your mind is elsewhere you will have missed that moment.
Excitement About the Future
Consciously and unconsciously we are always moving towards self-actualization. What this means is that deep within us we are called to become whole. We long to grow and reach our full potential. Our Souls long to grow and reach its full potential! . It’s just what we do; it’s called evolution. The New Year is a time to get excited about who you want to continue to become. Self-actualization is about embodying your authentic greatness. Ask yourself these questions to align with who you really are:
What kind of person do I want to be?
How do I want to show up in the world?
What do I want for myself this year?
What do I want to feel like?
What do I look forward to?
What are my dreams?
What do I want to accomplish?
Everything that has ever been accomplished first began as an idea or a dream. It is by taking time away from the grind and connecting into yourself that you set the wheels in motion for creating and building our futures. The New Year is a good time to start. Allow yourself to feel excited about the potential changes that are on the horizon for you. There are lots of them! Tap into your full potential so you can make your resolutions a reality in 2014
I wish you all a very Happy 2014 filled with laughter, happiness, peace, joy, love and kindness. Share it all with your friends and family.