New Year New You: Setting Meaningful Resolutions To Keep All Year
With NYE approaching this can be a beautiful transitional time to reflect upon the highs and lows and ebbs and flows of 2018, and from that gain some clarity on any changes you might like to see for yourself in the new year. The tradition of making New Year's Resolutions dates back over 4000 years ago when the Babylonians would celebrate the "rebirth of the natural world", it is a part of history, culture, and our human instinct to want to begin the new year with a sense of renewal. But as we all know sticking with our resolutions can be a lot harder than setting them.
Here are 5 tips for setting meaningful resolutions and keeping them all year round...
1) Resolve. Let go of any judgement you put on yourself in 2018 and forgive.
It can be a tough thing to acknowledge the judgement or blame we put on ourselves but it's the first step in letting it go and moving forward. It might help to reflect on this in a mediation, sound bath, or any energy cleansing ritual. If you really feel like you want to say farewell to these negative judgments you could write them down on a piece of paper and burn it...I know that sounds intense (and please do so safely) but hey, this is a non-judgmental zone ;)
2) Create resolutions that are authentic to your true self
Rather than setting result driven resolutions set habit driven resolutions that serve your purpose and truth. It can help to check in and ask yourself what you feel your ultimate purpose in life is at this point in time. Even if you just have a small glimpse of what that might be it can act as a compass for smaller goals/resolutions. You can then ask, is this smaller goal serving my greater purpose? Or is it taking time away from it?
3) Reframe your resolutions to be supported by ritual
The idea is to implement healthy rituals that become habitual touchstones of your day to day life that you can rely on for support and rejuvenation. Meditation, visualization, and affirmations are all examples of rituals that can help you work towards your goals on a daily basis.
4) Take baby Steps
"Expectation is the root of all heartache" - William Shakespeare.
Try to avoid setting unrealistic expectations and know that it's a marathon not a sprint. Once the New Year passes remember that each day is a new day, and you always have the gift of beginning again.
5) Surround yourself with people you can evolve with
Surround yourself with like minded people who have similar core values and are also striving to live a similar mindful lifestyle. If you find the people in your life aren't aligned with what you want for yourself it might be helpful to respectfully set boundaries and be open to meeting new people who are on the same track as you. Accepting yourself enough to be honest with others about what you want for yourself is a bold step towards making it happen.