Happy New Year! I hope the year-end brought peace and ease and January is finding you energized.
My year ended with big, beautiful change; a new home in a new neighborhood!
My family and I are settling in and finding out that big change can wake us from worn-out ways of thinking and invite some re-invention. While I’m not saying you need to move homes to do this, but certainly moving in some way, helps. This is why gym memberships (and yoga memberships) see a spike in January. We think it’s our physical bodies that need a change (well, that extra food does stick around for awhile) but I believe we really crave new ways to shift stale perceptions of ourselves and our world. I’m here to tell you a yoga asana practice can be very helpful! If you just try and tackle the thoughts head on, that can bring up instant resistance, or even an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ type of experience where we go around in circles finding the same path over and over again. But the body, even though we may feel some push-back, actually thrives under the force of resistance, it reacts, changes and gets stronger until we actually start to welcome and get friendly with resistance as a form of growth.
In place of resolutions this year, my family and I talked about planting seeds of interest to help stave off that struggle that comes with making absolutes. Interest opens up a box of curiosity. Curiosity is way more exciting than the dictate of a resolution.
My seed of interest this year is writing, horseback riding and being of more service. These seeds now excite me rather than feel like homework, which is good because I rebelled against homework so much as a kid that I only have one memory of ever sitting and doing it…
Happy New Year my friends!