Resolutions are meant to make us better people. Goals and dreams are set into our hearts to guide us on this journey. Listen to your spirit when setting your intentions for the new year.
Okay so you want to be size six, never eat donuts again, and travel to Malaysia…
Looking at your goals, why is that your resolution? Why do you want to lose weight? Get in shape? Eat better? Travel? Be kinder? Start a business? Change your life? Once you see those answers clearly you will find the passion that will drive them. Your passion and your clarity will make it manifest. Simple phrases and ideas will do nothing but flutter away in the new year’s wind.
Be clear. “I want to pay off 5% of our debt this year. I want to pay off debt because it is keeping us from living the life we want and causes undue stress on our relationship. I will start a Dave Ramsey debt snowball (pay off one debt, then use that money to add to another debt, and keep it rolling!) and get the small loan and half of the car paid off.
Now I must make that designated money untouchable. It cannot be used to buy donuts or go to Malaysia.
The key to this is one moment at a time. I can get myself so worked up over food choices that by day three I am out at an all-you-can-eat buffet. One meal. Plan one day’s worth of healthy food. Save a few bills at a time in an envelope for an emergency fund. Plan a reasonable budget and stick with it. Dedicate time to meditate and do yoga in the morning. But don’t forget why those things are intentions.
Why do you want to set your resolutions? What passion drives them?
My goodness, the house is lovingly leveled with trimmings and paper and gifts galore. And the gentle hum of Christmas comes to an end. But the Season of Light continues on as Yuletide goes until New Year’s Day. The tree, the lights, the song all come from Yule, so really, Christmas lives on. So I may leave my tree up to shine this week, but my mind wanders to the new year and what it sings in promises and change.
New Year’s is a great symbol of death and rebirth, of transition into betterment. As we tick off the things we want to achieve- perhaps the very things we have listed for years prior- let us think first about the process of transition. Before you write anything on those precious slips of paper or in your journal, what do you fear?
Do you want to change your eating habits? Your diet? Your lifestyle? Do you worry about not being able to eat what you want when you want? Do you fear deprivation? Because it will make your goal quite difficult with that fear whispering in your ear.
There are many fears that stay hidden under the surface. Fear of wellness (more responsibilities, no excuses), fear of money (we ask for more but that too comes with more responsibility and more taxes), fear of disappointment, fear of failure, fears….oh they are prevalent, you just may not recognize them for they burrow in and become part of the landscape of your mind.
Best root them out so you can succeed at your transformations this year. Exposing the darkness brings more light. And that is what this time of year is all about.
Did you spend some time yesterday deciding what you want in the new year? We must be specific, you know. Write down a few things that you really would like to manifest and create this coming year.
Now why do you want that? Really think about that.
I wanted to go back to school. Teaching license, free school, four years, guaranteed job. I could homeschool Maryjane and make a difference in children’s lives. Great, but why? Out of fear. I read an article (click here to read) about a young woman who chose to plant corn over going to Harvard. The simple ways of life have gone away with the idea that the corporate and socialized world is the only the way to survive. When really taking care of the Earth and those around us is a far more valiant task. I wanted to school because I am afraid of remaining poor. I do not want to work in a common core setting or even for someone else. As my shop gathers speed I look around and see that my place in among my herbs, my plants, my community, my garden, and encouraging everyone I encounter.
What I really want to manifest is a farm. If my shop could manifest itself out of nothing in a just a few weeks, couldn’t a farm do the same thing?
Do you want to manifest something because your peers expect you to? because someone wants you to? Do you have a passion for what you are manifesting? If you can talk about it with a smile on your face and a can’t wait attitude then write it on the resolutions sheet. We’re going to make some great things happen this year. I want to plant corn.
Five days until the new year begins. Just another day, but still in my heart the dawn will shine bright and this year will be but a whisper in time.
We will be starting a new tradition this year. At Pat and Rodney’s house, after Pat and I make a delicious celebratory dinner and before we sing karaoke until the new year, we will write on slips of paper. Write. Each bad happening. Each disappointment. Each bad habit we want to change. One by one they will slip into the roaring fire of New Year’s Eve and dissipate. Then we will write each thing we want to manifest. Send it the universe in a prayer of smoke. A symbolic resolution.
I will be glad to see 2016’s hopeful face.
And for the next few days leading up to the New Year I will lead you through an exercise. Not necessarily writing down that you promise to go to the gym six days a week and drink green smoothies for the entire year but really big things. We are all going to manifest what we want. Document. Detail. Release what we need to release. Heal broken hearts. And start whirling into motion exactly what we want.
Doug and I bought a calendar last night. Of baby goats. Let the manifesting begin. Start thinking about what you are ready to release and manifest. It’s going to be a good year.