Have a Weekly Practice of Reflection & Observation to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
Now is the time of year when we all put ourselves under a microscope. After some time spent reflecting on the year just past, we observe the things we would like to do better in the next one. “I’d like to shed some pounds”, or “I’ll be better about balancing my budget”, “exercise more”, “eat better”, and so on.
While these are all great ideas, the typical new years resolution doesn’t last. I’d like to encourage you to spend the next year practicing this sort of reflection on a weekly basis.
Setting aside some time once a week to put just the previous week under the microscope. Maybe your time last week was spent heavily on work and you and your family are now feeling drained. And maybe your next week will be spent heavily on nurturing yourself and now your bank account is a little low.
The one after that may be spent mostly on family and getting organized. You can start by finding a quiet place and lighting a candle, using some essential oils or burning insence to set the intention that this time is for you. Using a journal or just taking mental notes, take inventory of your last week.
This weekly practice of reflection and observation can help us be more aware of what is out of balance in our day to day lives and creates a life style that supports us in achieving all of our goals. Finding an accountability buddy to start thus practice with you can also reinforce your new weekly routine.
May your new year be filled with health and happiness and I wish you all the best.