Welcome to August!
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions. One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to New Years is the fact that everyone decides to make these awesome resolutions to improve their life (which is amazing!) but they think they have to wait for the new year! Don’t wait. When you see a change that you want to make, just make it. It can be that easy for you – see the change, make it.
Also, ever notice that your resolutions are the same…? Mine usually are. This used to stir negative thoughts in my mind, leading me to believe I was failing at my resolutions if I wasn’t getting them “done” in that year. Now, I don’t think of this as not completing that resolution or as a failure – rather a success of knowing exactly what I want to be and taking my time getting there. Change takes time – and sometimes, I live a resolution fully but still want to live it the next year! I’m always striving to grow closer to the person I feel is truly me.
I’m sharing some resolutions I’ve made since the new year and ones I’m making today! Every day, every moment is a great opportunity for a change – don’t wait for the right date or even hour.
– Raise awareness through all senses
– Be present in thoughts, words, & actions
– Listen more & talk less
– Let go of expectations & embrace uncertainty
– Become more comfortable in silence
– Get more fresh air
– Do more to show gratitude to loved ones
– Perform more selfless acts
– Make decisions based on love
– Do more to express: journaling & sharing
– Do something fun every day just because – no purpose
A Meditation for Self-Reflection & Change
I am sharing a kriya meant to prompt self-reflection and hopefully in turn, create space & inspiration for change.
- Sit with an upright spine.
- Make fists with the hands (excluding the thumb) and bring the two thumbs together to touch at hearts center, palms facing down. Keep the elbows wide.
- Close your eyes and bring attention to your breath. Focus on the breath and energy passing through the thumbs.
- If you want to include a mantra, try Om Namah Shivaya, this chant helps to expand the innate wisdom we all carry within us. Repeat this mantra 3-5 times before beginning and between each rest period.
- Continue for 3 minutes. Rest. Then proceed for 11 minutes. Rest. Then proceed for 22 minutes.
- Sit & notice the shift.
What changes do you want to make today??