Truly, I don’t get the New Year’s resolution ritual. It seems like it’s permission to work too hard, eat too much, or beat ourselves into the ground with the stress and errands of the holidays, so that when the new year comes, we can resolve to take better care of ourselves.
Is this even logical?
Well, what about ending the year strong, so that we can go to the next level of loving and living life in the new year? I mean, really, how will we ever get ahead in the spiritual realm of living life more fully, if we’re always playing catch up?
My friend Krishna has a theory about over population. He says that animals are reincarnating into humans at a faster rate than humans are becoming enlightened, and this is why we have an overpopulation problem. Yes, I adore my friend Krishna too, and being hilarious is only one of his lovable traits. But, his theory bears some thought about how we each contribute to becoming a more enlightened being on the planet… or not.
So here’s my solution for avoiding the pitfalls of the New Year’s Resolution paradigm, for ending the year whole so that we can keep moving along the evolutionary path and ultimately, contribute to population homeostasis and the well being of our planet.
Roll out your yoga mat. In response to stress, do yoga. It can be any time of day, for any length of time. Do it everyday, build your reserves and your ability to respond vs. react, to walk away, to nap, or to say I’m done or I love _____.
Here are 10 ideas for how to go there:
- Go to a yoga class.
- Do 15 minutes of Sun Salutes at any time during your day.
- Do a dog pose. Pedal your legs, twist your torso. Stretch from your back heart in both directions. Rest in child’s pose.
- Do some shoulder stretches at your desk
- Do a handstand!
- Pause and follow your breath for 5 minutes.
- Meditate, at any time of the day, for 15 minutes.
- Do a practice of Alternate Nostril Breathing for 5-15 minutes.
- Tell someone that you love them.
- If it’s the end of the day and you haven’t done any yoga, rest with your legs up the wall for 15 minutes.
Roll out the mat.
Do some yoga everyday.
End the year centered, strong and joyful.
Go to the next level in January.