Start Your New Year The Right Way

I found this wonderful article on new year resolutions in The Boomer Online Weekly Magazine.


1. Start with you first.

Sure, it’s great to keep all the other people in your life happy, but don’t forget about the person closest to you – YOU. “We put ourselves out there wearing these various different hats, and we forget that we count,” says Lowry. “So by starting with you, you can create space to give yourself time to figure out who you are and what you want from life.”

2. Bring mindfulness into every aspect of your life.

Don’t just do it. Take time and think about what you’re doing. And that goes for everything, from eating and exercising to prayer and meditation.

3. Take time every day to move.

Get off that couch and get active. And Lowry says that it doesn’t even have to be a workout. Some easy examples he gave are using a standing desk at work, parking farther away from the office or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

4. Just be.

Lowry says that people often forget to give themselves time to meditate. Don’t worry — he’s not suggesting you start burning incense and saying “ohm.” The meditation he’s talking about is just giving yourself time to just do nothing. “Breathe and let go of the constraints of time and the perceived pressures of our daily existence and just take a moment to be. If we carve out that time, it allows us to go into the other elements of our day and handle them in a more able capacity because we are more stable and grounded.”

5. Eliminate negative self-talk.

Quit beating yourself up all the time! “We have thousands of thoughts going through our brain every day,” says Lowry. “And the beauty of it is that we can decide which ones to focus on.” Besides, as he points out, you wouldn’t let anyone else talk to you like that!

6. Explore the art of allowing.

“Remember that we’re all in this together,” says Lowry. “So offer some forgiveness and allow others their experience.” He says that this can be especially helpful to remember with kids. As hard as it can be, you have to let them make a few mistakes so they learn.

7. Make decisions and postulate what you want your life to be.

But don’t just fantasize about it, says Lowry. “When you begin to formulate that, create the emotion as if it was already here. And then begin the stream of thought that would guide you in the direction of what you want your life to be. And stay focused on that thought and eliminate all others.”


So there you go! Have a happy and healthy 2013!




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