By Kathryn Weber
At the beginning of the New Year we buy a new calendar and flip to the first page marked January. We pack up our Christmas decorations, put away our new sweater and gifts and look guiltily at the boxes of chocolates that we leave out “for company.”
But few of us really expect a truly new year.
We just hope for the best. This year can be different. By trying just a few new things, a vibrant, positive world can open up for you.
If you’re ready for a truly new year, read on. If not, there’s always leftover chocolate.
Forget resolutions, remember your accomplishments.
Too many of us go into the New Year thinking about all the things we’re going to ‘give up’, get rid of, or stop doing. All the emphasis is on the negative. Instead, put the emphasis on the positive – what you did in the past year, what you accomplished that you couldn’t imagine yourself doing this time last New Year’s Eve. There’s too much resolution pollution and too little self-appreciation. Pat yourself on the back and reflect on all the things you did that surprised yourself in the past year.
A famous mountain climbing expert who trains mountain climbers begins the training with two weeks of….nothing. That’s right, rest. His belief is that you can literally climb a mountain if your body is prepared for it and that requires rest. Make sure you have enough down time to think, recharge and keep healthy in the year ahead. All comes from nothing and if you want the world, give yourself time and rest so you’re ready for it!
Take a stand and make a prediction.
Rather than a resolution, try making a prediction about something in the coming year – maybe something you’ll do or that will happen in your life. What’s interesting about predictions is that they don’t have all the baggage that a resolution does but still retain the magic, which is that tiny kernel of desire in yourself.
Resolutions usually fail because the seed at the nexus of the resolution is based on what’s wrong with you and not what’s right, what you want or what you’re excited about. When we make predictions, they’re positive and we look forward to seeing them occur — a lot like the excitement we experience opening a fortune cookie. That’s when magic happens in life.
Get out (doors).
We spend too much time in front of screens and away from nature and our relationships. Time spent with nature recharges us — and walking among trees can make you famous. Looking to be known, want more growth in your life, better health? Being outdoors is good feng shui for the body and mind. It can also help you have happier, healthier relationships.
If you have something difficult to talk about, have your discussion outdoors. The conversation will be easier because in feng shui your eye and heart are connected, and when your eye is on a beautiful bird or flower, it helps open up your heart, making you more connected with the other person.
“Stand up and walk out of your history.” Quote by Dr. Phil
You are not the sum total of the days that have preceded this one. Destiny is what you make happen, history is what has happened to you. Dr. Phil is right. Sometimes you can just stand up and walk out of the past. The feng shui trinity of luck is made up of one third of your actions – not your history. Take charge of your life today and stop living like it was yesterday.
Just add water.
The water element is the first natural element that we come to know as humans. We are held in a sac of water in our mother’s stomach, the water cushioning and insulating us. We need water in our homes and our lives, yet too few homes have water. Sure, they have lots of blue colors but little actual water. Make it a goal this year to bring water to your home in the form of a fountain, a pond, an aquarium, a water fall – even drinking more water.
Adding water to your environment will help to insulate you from the bumps of life. Mind racing and life stress-filled? Visit a lake, pond or beach to clear your mind and find the answers you are looking for. The body knows before the mind, so if you find yourself unable to quench your thirst, be ready for a change to come to your life. It’s your body’s way of helping you to handle the change.
© 2013 Kathryn Weber