Happy New Year! It’s the beginning of another year and like everyone I am so excited to implement some new routines and try to let go of some challenging habits. I learned long ago that New Years Resolutions don’t really work. In the short term they might motivate us back to an exercise program or encourage us to change our diet but ultimately we want to make a lasting change; one that can carry us past the initial excitement of trying something new.
I always start the year with a beautiful meditation to set my intention. An intention is different to a resolution. An intention gives you room to breathe. You might have the intention to check your blood sugar more often, be more vigilant with counting carbs or even work on your emotional relationship to your health. An intention says, “I’ll do my best” rather than “I must get this right”. In Yoga when we practicing a posture if we feel we need to resolve the pose it will actually limit us. Having the intention to do our best means we may not do it perfectly but eventually we will learn to surrender to what is.
Meditation practice works in the same way. If you have always avoided meditation because you think you need to stop thinking, or you can’t sit still or meditation just isn’t for you. Think again. Meditation is actually concentration and studies have found that two factors need to be present in order to elicit whats called the Relaxation Response. 1. You need to perform a repetitive activity. 2. With the intention to let go of the thoughts in the mind.
So why not join me in setting your intention for the New Year …. with great respect Rachel