I am setting my intention for the New Year along these lines: To live fully and live well.
I want to set the bar high. And I may want to make more specific statements about this goal for the year. But for now, this is what I know.
It will mean I need balance: I make poor choices when I am overly tired, or eating badly, or not getting exercise and fresh air. When overworked, I catch one of the viruses going around my work place — like discontent or drama. I am susceptible to a critical spirit and my immune system can be weak. I need my sleep, good food, a bit of exercise and healthy focus on my inner life.
I can pay much more attention to what really recharges me.
When I am balanced and rested, and rooted in who I am — I can stand up for myself and not engage in the drama and unhappiness. I can use my energy at work much better than I have. And overall, in my life, I should be good at spotting what drains my energy. So simple if you find a leak: Stop it.
So, to live fully and live well means to be happy — to be happier than I have been. It means to live in gratitude. I’ve had a taste of how powerful that really is, lately.
I love that Anne Lamott wrote, “‘No.’ is a complete sentence.”
It will be interesting to work and play with non attachment — no reaching for stuff or experiences. Just plain living. Time to read, think, create. And I am open to new experiences or opportunities arising, but they are not the goal. I don’t need to need so much stuff.
For the start of this year I assigned myself a “daily 5” — five things to do. Just simple practices that will contribute to my well-being and should become habitual in 40 days. These won’t take up too much time and support my over-arching goals.
1. Meditate - with mantra and pranayama
2. Yoga stances and stretches - include cobra in the simple routine
3. 10 minute free-write and then blog sometime in the day
4. Walk - (or ride that exer-cycle outside the back door)
5. Eat light - sugar is not helpful and I love vegetables
And I think the most important new habit to build into my mind is to practice contentment. I’ll start now by expressing my thanks for time to think. For quiet. For a keyboard and writing. And for sleep. For a good job, which I will do out of love and for the money, but not for the drama.
My well being. Finding what I need in my own soul. I will articulate this perhaps more specifically, but it is a start.
An excellent process…and I’m not after a product.