January Resolution: Meditation

This year I was inspired by my friend Kimberly to do monthly resolutions instead of one for the entire year. So far I'm loving it. When I was thinking about starting, I wanted to choose things that would help me become the person I want to be, or the person I envisioned becoming one day.

For me it's two things: 1. Start becoming the person I want to be. 2.  A great test of "is this vision I have for myself realistic?"

I've decide to approach this with a completely open mind. If something ends up serving me, I'll be a better person for that. If something is fun for just a month, that's great too! Maybe I'll even find something that I thought was a good idea, but wasn't enjoyable at all. I'm ready for that. More than anything, I'll give it a good solid try, I'm proud of that.


Start my day with 5-10 minutes of quiet meditation. End my day with 5-10 minutes of quiet mediation.

I really liked this one and got into a ritualistic pattern with this. To start my day, I set an intention for the whole day. It can be anything, but one that I consistently went back to is this idea of "residing in loving kindness". Some days it was in dedication to someone, to live with awareness, or be gentle with myself. I used my breath as a way to set and seal this intention, and also as a reminder of my intention throughout my day.

In the evenings I liked to light a delicious smelling candle and recap my day, good or bad, letting everything absorb into the floor. Then, I focused on gratitude and wrote down something that I was grateful for in a journal - taking a moment to reside in that sense of gratitude.

I felt a big impact from this short practice, and was amazed what a big shift it had on my day to day. I found myself being mindful in writing emails at work, patient in frustrating situations, more aware of my surroundings, and at the end of it all realize that I didn't have ONE "bad day" in the month of January - and that makes my heart sing.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, so beautiful sounding. It amazing how we change when we really focus on what we are grateful for!