Melody Beattie has a loooong post on New Year‘s mindfulness. Here’s an excerpt:
I began to list the qualities or skills I applied that helped me go from loser to a winner at something I knew absolutely nothing about when I started. I didn’t take me long to see that these are identical to the qualities that help me succeed at anything I want to do. While these ideas aren’t revolutionary, it’s easy to forget that each is within our power to do.
- Realize I’m where I am on purpose, even if it’s an accident. Sometimes the most trivial things that happen to us are more important than we believe. When I look for the big, the exciting and the momentous – I leave empty-handed. When I surrender to the present moment, understanding the sheer magnificence of each of these in my life – even those that suck — and then follow that with gratitude, my wheelbarrow overflows. (I use that expression because my entire life, I wanted a wheelbarrow and now I have one, a good one I won one for not much money at all at DealDash and because “cups overflowing” has become a cliché, something writers should avoid.) I really am thrilled about having a wheelbarrow and in my most far-fetched moments of self-love, couldn’t justify buying one.
Full story at: SO THAT’S HOW IT GOES | Melody Beattie.
- Affirmations (toddlohenry.com)
- The Old Wheelbarrow (butterflygardeninginfo.wordpress.com)
- The Magic of Gratitude and Acceptance (toddlohenry.com)
- Express your power gently (toddlohenry.com)
- Into the great unknown… (toddlohenry.com)
- Timing… (toddlohenry.com)
- Letting Go (toddlohenry.com)
- 20 Best Quotes About Gratitude (writingsistersblog.wordpress.com)
- Starting a Gratitude Practice (livingalimitlesslife.wordpress.com)
- Laying the Foundation (toddlohenry.com)
Shelly Bullard is one of best bloggers I ‘discovered’ in 2012 through MindBodyGreen. Here’s what she has to say about the new year:
The New Year. A fresh start. A new beginning.
For me, the marking of the New Year is filled with hope, with potential, and with anticipatory excitement. It is a time of reflection–honoring what has been, what is currently happening, and what is yet to come.
Consciously honoring rites of passages such as the New Year allows us to think about our lives in a way we often don’t do. It’s easy to get caught in the grind–moving through life on autopilot. We have our routines and schedules–we trudge along week by week by week.
But the New Year is a break in the pattern. It is an ending and a beginning. It is an opportunity to stop, reflect, and start again.
In this article I am going to guide you towards honoring your New Year. Here are some simple thoughts and questions to help you reflect on what happened in 2012, to align you with what you are grateful for in this very moment, and to set you up to move in the direction you want in 2013.
Full story at: Soul Full: How to Honor the Rite of Passage of the New Year.
Christine Hassler shares this:
For the past eight years I have shared my New Year’s ritual to let go of the past and clarify my focus for the future. I know many of you have joined me in this ritual and I love hearing about your experiences. And this year to amp up this powerful process I have recorded a guided visualization and meditation as an extra special addition! Go here to get it. In this twelve- minute journey, I guide you through identifying the lessons and blessings from 2012 so you can clearly envision and begin creating what you’d like to experience in 2013.
Now onto my New Year’s tradition . . .
The following ritual does not involve making any kind of resolutions, which are usually promises to do something “more, better, or different.” We vow to exercise more, get a better job, fall in love, or find a different way to handle our stress. But does this really do us any good? Most of us start the New Year with the greatest of intentions, yet by March (or even by the second week in January) we may not find ourselves so resolved. We revert back to old patterns and beat ourselves up for not sticking to our resolutions. Could there be a way to ring in 2013 that serves us better?
YES! We can resolve not to make any resolutions and instead engage in a co-creative ritual of reflection and intention setting.
I invite you to follow this step-by-step process and amend it any way that inspires you:
Get the process here: A New Year’s Ritual for you | Christine Hassler, Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach and Author of 20 Something, 20 Everything and 20 Something Manifesto.