The end of the year is nearly here, and if you are planning to set a New Year’s resolution you are not alone. According to this Forbes article, over 40 percent of Americans make resolutions; however, after six months only 46 percent of people are able to maintain their goals. In other words, the odds are not in your favor, yet, if you are willing to change your mindset the chance of sustaining your resolutions greatly improves.
Further, the good news is that change is possible. The brain science behind neuroplasticity teaches that our brains are able not only to adapt to change, but are able to form new connections. With training and practice our brain is able to create new patterns.
There are things you can do to optimize the chance you can succeed and reach your goals.
Tired of the same old, same old? We’ve probably all been there but the mind is a difficult thing to change. Circumstances aren’t always within our control and that can feel very disabling. At the core, sometimes our greatest fear is that we aren’t capable of change, but what if this year we started thinking about what newness we could welcome into our lives? What new things excite you and get your wheels turning? What has felt impossible and how can you start to move in that direction? Our intent today is to turn our minds to those questions and commit to explore new things in the new year.
If your life was the movie Home Alone, what part would you be living right now? Are you the scene where the dozen family members are running around like mad people trying to load up vans and get to the airport? Are you the scene where they forget Kevin at home? We get it. A lot is happening right now and it can be very easy to rush through the month of December. Before you run right off the rails, we want to slow down and think honestly and fairly about the time we have available. Our intent? It’s to set fair expectations for our time.
You too? Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when evaluating your schedule: Continue reading →
“Waste not, want not.” Today we’re focused on shopping mindfully so that our expenses don’t go wild this holiday season. Whether it’s food, gifts or household items that just need replacing, we want to make sure we are connected to how and why we spend our money.
Oh the things we see when we actually look. Beauty in nature. Beauty in our circumstances. Beauty in others. Seeing beauty will mean we first have to decide what that means to us. What will we consider beautiful? We want to learn to see it everywhere, in all things, even in the unexpected places. Today, we intend to see the beauty in others.
Healing comes in many forms. In medication. In nature. With time and space. Today we explore the healing that comes from the words we receive and speak. As a culture, we’ve come to understand that words can harm. Telling a child that they’ll never grow up to be anything can have lasting implications and we can understand that correlation. But we don’t alway think about using our words with intention for positivity and healing. We don’t always consider how much we say that has no real nutritional value.
We can rush into a Monday with all kinds of feelings.
Excitement to be back to work on an important project.
Hesitancy because we don’t know what the week will hold.
Utter defeat because we know we don’t want to be where we are.
We like to think of feelings as a smoke signal- it is an identifier of other things going on.
If you’re walking into Monday with excitement and expectancy, this is a great indicator that you are thriving in the place where you are. Clearly.
However, if you’re walking into your week with trepidation, what does that mean? Is there an issue within yourself? Perhaps you don’t feel confident. Perhaps you feel like you’re letting people down. Perhaps you feel unqualified or unprepared. Could it also be that external factors are out of alignment with your expectations? If you’re working as a doctor, but you want to be a baker, walking into that hospital everyday may always be frustrating.
So today our intent is to embrace where we are. We want to take an evaluation of the process. Here are 3 questions you can ask yourself: Continue reading →
Suck it up. Deal with it. No crying in baseball.
If you grew up like me, sharing those feelings was for someone who couldn’t control themselves. You became adept at stuffing it all down, explaining it all away and then finding yourself in the same place over and over with no explanation in sight. Maybe it’s time to honor those feelings instead of bottling them up. Here are 3 things that might help:
This quote from Mitch Albom.
We wonder why we get stuck in pattens but we don’t always hesitate to react to scenarios the same way without considering their impact. Conflict ensues and we shut down. Or we feel powerless. We grow enraged. If we don’t start to notice what is arising, we stand very little chance of changing a negative pattern. Instead, allow yourself to see what comes up. Again, you don’t have to let a feeling dictate the choices you make, but nothing is gained by ignoring that you are hurt when the same family member leaves you out of holiday planning or that you are at wits end about a roommate or partner’s cleaning habits. Notice. Acknowledge. Know what needs to be let go and what needs to be discussed so that you really can move forward.
This video from Spirit Junkie Gabby Bernstein who encourage us to honor our feelings. Gabby says it so simply. Sometimes bottling comes from an unwillingness to be in the present. Do you feel like you deserve the thing that makes you mad or sad? Do you feel like you have a voice? Do you feel like your opinions are worth listening to? There are so many reasons and past baggage that can stop us from honoring how we feel in the moment. Perhaps changing that one pattern, deciding to honor your feelings, is a key waiting to unlock a new view of yourself and your life.
Today our intent is to end the day the same way we began, in peace. We’ve found that when we start in a tornado, it’s more likely that we’ll end that way. At the same time, we can be intentional about our morning and then let that intentionality dwindle as the day drags on. Mindfully, we want to start and end the day in peace and working from that posture in between.
Do you share this intent? We want to share these resources to help!
A morning meditation to start the day off right
Begin your day by setting your intent and clearing your mind of the noise that comes from schedules, anxiety, traffic and that alarm on your phone. Decide what matters to you and how you want to enter this day. Peace? Joy? Confidence?
Bedtime yoga to help you sleep
If your daily routine involves just collapsing into your bed every night, this is a great place to start a new routine- one where you mindfully prepare for rest. Let peace be included in your unwinding from the day, mindfully releasing anger, stress, fear and anything else that may keep you tossing and turning.
40 Ways to Create Peace of Mind
Does it feel like peace is easy to lose once you get into the swing of things? We loved this article of 40 ways to create peace of mind. If we are willing to put in the effort, we can bring ourselves back to a starting point of peace in the most hectic of situations.
When you meet someone who is truly beautiful it’s not just the way they look that makes you take notice. Beautiful people glow and radiate self-confidence and inner peace that is hard not to notice. Here are ten tips to creating the most authentic and beautiful version of yourself. Continue reading →