At the beginning of each new year, I find myself reviewing what came before, and what I want for the future. This year, instead of creating a list of New Year resolutions, I chose to begin the year by looking at the possibilities for the year from a variety of new perspectives. I am constantly searching for ways to balance the mind, body, spirit connection in my everyday life, so it seemed natural to infuse that search with new perspectives as well. I have come up with four basic ideas that I feel exemplify balance and wellness. It is my hope that they might facilitate a focus on fluid movement of the mind, body and spirit connection for each of us in 2010.


Embrace Experiences

Identify those things that provide the unique events that you want to build on in your life. These are the experiences that uplift & show the authentic side that are the main focus in our lives. Embracing each experience allows us to have a sense of belonging to something larger than ourselves. The idea that we can affect change in our immediate surroundings and engage with our senses to live each moment fully is a great way to balance the mind and remember the innate sense of personal knowledge that we possess.


Create Positive Energy

Create the space and time for people & places that rejuvenate and bring joy to you. Surround yourself with energy that allows you to create the experiences that you want. This is true of the people in your life, as well as the physical surroundings. Community involvement with loved ones, family, friends, and colleagues give us an emotional comfort and provide physical rejuvenation. The same is true of our physical surroundings. Our mood & overall body health are greatly influenced by the energy that comes from the places where we spend the most time. Energy is an essential component to strengthen the connection between mind, body and spirit.


Love

Finding time to balance responsibility also means finding the time to be responsible for ourselves. We often think of love as something that we give to others, rarely as something that we give freely to ourselves. Meditation, relaxation, rest, and preventative maintenance routines create the love for ourselves that we all deserve. In a world that is always 'on' or in 'go mode' it is important to take the time to find a stillness that allows us to replenish. Finding the space to provide unconditional love to ourselves allows us to give love generously to others.


Imagine Authenticity

Think about what is most important to you. The things that are sacred, and come up when you are reviewing what is most important, help set intentions and goals defined by personal values. Don't dismiss these musing, review them and allow them to permeate the ideas and goals you set in motion for the coming year. This will allow the balance between body, mind and spirit to strengthen in the most authentic way possible.

Each new year is a way for us to cherish the gifts that we have received, and continue building and transforming our lives. On the idea of new perspectives, Anaïs Nin said it beautifully, “And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom.”


This is a year of new perspectives that will allow us to embrace, create, love and imagine all that is available and that we are capable of accomplishing.


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