Welcome to the New Year. How are those resolutions going? What do you mean, you didn’t make any? Me neither. However, I do see this time of year as an opportunity to reflect upon the recent past and plan a little for the future.
As much as I like to live in the moment, living mindfully does include tuning in to how you are living. This includes reflecting upon the past without judgement, but noticing the thoughts and feelings that pass through. Maybe you consider how your choices could be made more skillfully next time something similar occurs.
Then it is also time to consider what is coming up in your life for the next few months. Can you organise your world so as to maintain balance and harmony. Oh, I know it won’t always be like that but I do like to start with a plan that supports the possibility of it happening! And yes, I know, “Life is what happens to you whilst you are busy making other plans” (John Lennon) but mindful planning and reflection can help.
Mindfulness supports your intention to respond skillfully, rather than react from habit. In that intention you then are more connected to how you are physically, emotionally and holistically. This then supports your ability to respond with an engaged mind and heart, making choices that sustain and support yourself and those that you love.
What’s not to like in that intention? I wish you a New Year that rises to meet your expectations, keeps you engaged with the joy of life and leads you to continue to grow holistically as a human being.