HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
It’s now 2014 and no doubt many people have made resolutions that they may or may not keep for the year. I haven’t actually made any. Sometimes I think it is too easy to get caught up in unrealistic goals that are too hard to achieve, and this just brings angst and guilt because you haven’t done what you set out to do.
I prefer to keep my goals simple and manageable if possible. I would prefer to set myself things to do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, that improve the quality of my life and those around me if I can. I guess if I had one resolution as such, it would be to make life more fulfilling this year, and the world around me a better place.
These are some of the steps I could take (and you could try too) to bring this about:
- Declutter Yes, this is a big thing at the moment everywhere you look, but it does have merit. The more clutter we have around us, the harder it is to maintain focus, relax and enjoy what is more important. Who wants to spend all their time cleaning, tidying and wasting time trying to find things? Of course, this is also a reflection of the inner turmoil that goes on inside us, our minds get cluttered too with too much input from social media, TV, radio, emails, etc. etc. Time to chill out! Get rid of what’s no longer needed, pass things on to those who can use them, or throw them out. Keep it simple, physically and mentally.
Here is a good quote from Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now: “The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.”
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- Stay healthy – good food and exercise If we want to better ourselves spiritually, mentally and emotionally, then it is also important to make sure we look after ourselves physically too. Eat good health-giving food – as many vegetables and fruits as possible, a small amount of carbs, and some protein and a little good fat (e.g. olive oil). Cut out the refined foods, additives, chemicals, colourings and keep food as natural as possible. Your health will benefit. A multi-vitamin can be good, as too much of our food these days, unless you grow it yourself, or buy fresh locally from an organic grower, is lacking in nutrients. The soil has been depleted, the excess handling and time taken to get it to the stores, before it ever gets to your plate, means the food has often lost its value well before you get around to eating it. Drink plenty of filtered water to hydrate your cells and keep your brain working as well as flushing out your system. I could go on, but you get the idea! Some people spend more time making sure their cars run smoothly, than they do their bodies! Exercise is very important! Don’t be a couch potato! If you haven’t exercised in a while, start off slowly and gently, working up to a pace that suits you. Exercise keeps everything moving, stimulates the circulation and the brain cells, and helps you keep the weight down to boot! Get some in at least 3 times a week, and do more incidental exercise too.
- Spend time in nature Look at the natural beauty around you. Who wouldn’t want to spend time in nature in some fashion? Go to a park and kick a football, hike through a forest, watch a sunset, stroll along the water’s edge, spend time tending your garden (both inner and outer!), bring flowers into the house, make an altar on which you place elements representing the season, grow your herbs in pots.
- Laugh a lot Spending time with family and friends is important too, but make sure some of that time is spent sharing in a joke, a funny movie, a comedy show, remembering good times – just don’t laugh at the expense of another.
- Know that you are loved No matter who you are, there is someone out there who loves you, be it a family member, a friend, lover, work colleague, church minister, charity worker, God/Goddess/Great Spirit….. but most of all, LOVE YOURSELF!! Love others too.
- Read a good book/watch a great movie We do need to spend time away from the things that stress us, and allow our minds to switch off sometimes. Getting absorbed in a good book, or watching a movie (it doesn’t matter if they are dramas, comedies, love stories, or even personal development), can let us fantasise for a while, enter a different reality, see something from another’s perspective.
- Don’t stress The biggie! Remember that the past is gone, and the future has not come yet, so don’t stress over what has been or what MAY come. Focus on the present moment as much as possible, and do the best you can in that moment. That is all you can do!
There are of course, many other things I could include here, but I don’t want this to turn into a huge tome. I’m sure you can think of other things, or different things to add to your own list.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season, and that you all have a fabulous 2014. May all your wishes be fulfilled!
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