As the new year approaches, it is easy to get caught up in the typical “resolution” lists that we all have fun with. Whether it is weight, exercise, smoking or some other vice, many of us tend to set some goals for the new year and strive to achieve them (at least for a couple weeks!). 🙂 This year, I’d like to suggest a few things we could, perhaps, let go of in the new year. Rather than adding to our “to-do” list with a 5am exercise program, let’s look at some things we can remove from our busy lives.
The first item I’d like to encourage you to release is your perception of how life “should be”. We all have (had?) our expectations of how life would go and/or where we would “be” by this point in our lives. The fact of the matter is, we really can’t control every little detail of our lives. When we get caught up (or frustrated) with where we thought we should/could/would be, we tend to lose sight of where we are. In yoga, and massage for that matter, part of the goal is to be present. Taking a little time to let go of those expectations and meditate on all that is great in your life, can be a big relief for you in this new year.
While many of us aim at losing weight and/or “getting in shape” in the new year, I would encourage you to focus on WHAT you are eating and make the effort to let go of your less-than-stellar eating habits. We know the connection between what we eat and how we feel is incredibly strong. My suggestion for you is to stock your home with those foods that you know are good for you and will make you feel better. If we take stock of what our bodies are craving, we can often make better decisions about what we buy and what we eat.
Lastly, for today, is going to be letting go of clutter. Unless you are a neat-freak like a few friends of mine, you have things laying around your house that truly serve no purpose. This is a great time of year to “strictly” evaluate all of the “things” in your home (and in your life) and start to cull them out. You will be amazed and elated at how you feel with less clutter and “noise” in your life and in your home.