Monday, August 1, 2011@ 8:44 AM
A NEW YEAR: Time for a Change
It’s now the start of a new year and is a perfect time to assess how our life is going. In so doing, we can also gain the necessary insights into what minor or major adjustments we might make (followed by proper actions) to improve our life.
As we take a moment to review our life, we can determine if our health, finances, knowledge, inner peace, unconditional love, relationship, work, parenting, etc… are improving or not. If we can say “yes” to all of these, then great! It means we have little or no amount of change to make in our life and in the new year. If, however, we say “no” to any of these, it might be telling us exactly where we need to do our homework for the next phase (year) of our life. And, as often is said, “These changes will be made, either the easy way (as a conscious participant) or the hard way (with denial and resistance, thus through crisis).”
So let’s approach these changes from two sides: 1. Release the old. 2. Bring in the new. And to get us started with “releasing the old,” let’s take a moment to reflect on, and release, anything we choose to leave in the past and would not want to take into the next phase of our life. Perhaps we could write these things down, along with any hurt or unresolved feelings, then burn the paper and “give it ALL to God.” Then, we can begin making healthy plans for a new life-all based on a greater level of Love and Self-Worth.
Once we successfully release the old (to any degree), we must have a clear commitment to “bringing in the new.” Here’s where we can evaluate our life and determine which areas we are prepared to see and experience differently. Let’s look at several options . . . but we must be sure to select at least a few of these options [the list can be added to or subtracted from] and then stick to our plan of improvement permanently-or as long as we can.
UPGRADE ALL LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS:
PHYSICAL: Diet (add good supplements to diet, eat less junk food and eat more alkaline foods such as veggies), Exercise (stretching and cardio for at least 30 minutes per day), Prosperity (create a prayer wheel that features what new things to choose to have in our life), Sexuality (find a way to become more at peace with the body and its desires), Surroundings (clean out closets, house, car, etc…and give away everything not needed or used on a regular basis), Self Care (get a regular massage and/or other forms of health care and pampering), and Service (find a way to be of service and bring good to others).
EMOTIONAL: Counseling (be sure to get counseling or use breath-work and/or other means of getting clear of old, toxic emotions), Partnerships (get couples counseling for intimate relationships-especially if there are issues with communication or intimacy), Friendships (make it a point to open-up to, and nurture, healthy, close friendships), Healing (besides counseling, use progressive healing techniques and prayer to help release old emotional wounds).
INTELLECTUAL: Study (read healthy new materials on a regular basis to expand our mind and exercise the brain), Focus (practice concentration exercises, as well as sticking to things to completion), Organize (learn better time management, use a daily planner, and get some assistance organizing the office, home, and finances).
CREATIVE: Imagination and Visualization (use visualization regularly, as it nurtures the heart and soul), Art (choose some form of creative expression-music, painting, etc…), Dance and Sing (play favorite music-especially music that lifts and inspires…and sing along and/or dance freely).
SPIRITUAL: Prayer and Meditation (begin and end each day with at least 10 minutes of prayer and meditation), Forgiveness (continually practice forgiveness for those who seem to have caused harm in any way, as well as forgiving self), Gratitude (give thanks on a regular basis for all the lessons learned and the gifts received), Love (practice turning all expressions of love into a greater level of Unconditional Love).
By looking at the noted options above, we might recognize which areas we are lacking development, as well as learning which specific skills or habits we might nurture to create and/or maintain a healthier life. Be careful though: one of the biggest pitfalls on our path toward a better life is to assume that it’s acceptable to nurture only one or two of these areas that are the easiest and most preferred, while of course neglecting other areas that are more difficult and less preferred. Instead, the best goal is one of balance, even if it means learning to love and nurture areas of our life that are, for reasons known or unknown, less liked or desirable.
Once we have developed most, or all, of these facets of our life to a fairly balanced level, we will find ourselves reaching new heights of peace and fulfillment. With this new-found fulfillment, we will have begun to nurture the most important facets of our life-Personal and Spiritual Mastery.