Tomorrow marks the start of a New Year. Culturally we are ingrained to think of the New Year as a time to create a long laundry list of resolutions. What are we doing exactly when we do this… for our minds, bodies, hearts, and all relations? Resolution defined… 1. a firm decision to do or not do something, 2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter. Are we creating lists that mark all our faults, mis-steps, and imperfections?
A typical list may read as follows:
I resolve to…
- Stop eating chocolate
- Lose 5-30 lbs
- Stop drinking caffeine
- Start exercising every day
- Make x amount of money this year
- Stop biting my nails
- Work less
In definition 2 it lists “resolution” as something to solve a problem. Are we a problem to solve? The list above lends to believe that we are less than, not yet in our prime, not enough, and a victim of our own habits. What if instead there was an understanding that we are capable of consciously shifting our habits? What if instead there was an acceptance and trust that our true inherited nature is whole, complete, and embodied and sacred spirit. The words I am capable, able to shift, change, adapt, love, accept, and evolve would be a part of your known and living vocabulary. What if list of resolutions was more like a love letter to yourself…
Dear amazing me, wow, another 365 days lived. I am so grateful for all you offered me this past year. The way you allowed for breath to be welcomed in. The way you allowed me to feel, think, breathe, and experience this life. I know there have been times this past year that I thought you were less than, I doubted, feared, and even made choices that didn’t treat you like the light, spirit, earthy and whole nature that you are. I want you to know that I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, and i love you.*
This year, I yearn for me, you, to step deeper into connection with our true nature. I welcome you to embrace the fullness of life with open arms, open eyes, ears, and heart. This year I walk in remembrance that my breath is connected to all living things. This year I yearn to continually more consciously wake up when I move, act, react, and live. I am sacred, and all things on this planet are sacred. I resolve to remember.
Yung Pueblo’s prose captures resolve that welcomes deep acceptance and understanding of our bodies as temples.
is when we
for taking so long
to treat our bodies
like a home.
As the sun cycles and rises over the horizon on a new day and on the start of a New Year, I welcome you to contemplate ways to step deeper into your own essence, health, and well-being for the hours, days, and months ahead. There is no doubt a global energy and a pulse to help motivate us all to move towards optimal ways of being and becoming. As we set these goals and dreams, can we do so from a place of deep acceptance of our own true nature that is already complete and not in need of fixing, perfecting, or correctly. Can we commit to remember that the earth is in our DNA… the earth when left alone does an amazing job of healing itself. When we lend ourselves this deeper source of love, trust, and understanding, we then can allow for ourselves to make mistakes, to be perfectly imperfect and not feel less than, like a failure, or feel defeated when a habit from the list is once again creeping back or the pounds are not coming off, or the money is not coming in as had hoped for.
Live, move, love from your innate center that is whole and complete. Be conscious and responsible about how you chose to live your life… and welcome forgiveness, acceptance, and deep compassion and love for yourself on your journey.
Join us on New Year’s Day… Taylor McFarlane, Sarah Tacy, and I will be at Lila ready to hold space to remember, reflect, breathe, be, move, chant, and dream.
The day following New Year’s Day, Jamie Worster, Liz Strawbridge, and myself are hosting a live conference call to hold space to discuss ways we can move deeper into living into our natural rhythms and ways of being and becoming through daily Ayurvedic and mindful practices.
Together we are becoming more and more conscious.
Dream big… you are capable.
*The reflection references the Ho’oponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) prayer, an ancient Hawaiian prayer, is made up of four powerful phrases: “I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”