The New Year is filled with the energy of well-meaning intentions. Unfortunately many are half-realized, abandoned and tend to focus on external life changes. So what if 2014 was the year of the inner you? It's wonderful to want to lose weight, or make more money, or save for a new home but what are you going to do for your spirit? Resolutions are fine but a promise you don't keep has the energy of stagnation. So instead we are sharing 10 New Years shift suggestions that that we feel nurture the inner you. We share them with you not in the belief that you will adopt all 10 but in the hopes it will inspire you to make your own inner-shifts allowing these to serve as a guide in the creation of nurturing whatever in you needs to be nourished. Allow this to be the year you let yourself continue to wake up to the realization that there's more to life than what meets the eye.
1.) Smile More
Smiling releases endorphins and it's energetically infectious. When you smile, your soul comes in to your physical vehicle to play, when you frown it goes away. When you smile at someone else you allow your inner spirit to shine through and that smile may just lift someone to where they need to be. Smile when you least feel like it, and notice how your own energy shifts. And If we all start smiling more we could shift the energy at an even larger level.
2.) Worry Less
Not only is worry a useless emotion it's incredibly bad for you emotionally, physically and energetically. Worry is the byproduct of an over-active ego. We all do it, some more than others. Letting go of worry not only reduces stress hormones in our blood stream but allows you to let go of your story of what could or would happen. You may be right, but worrying about it isn't going to change it. Remember, the only thing that's the end of the world...Is the end of the world. Everything else is "small stuff". If you worry a lot, widen your perspective and recognize that everything is absolutely, just the way it should be.
In the new year it's always popular to begin a new diet/exercise regime. This is always well intentioned because we realize we could treat our bodies better, but very rarely do we remember to cleanse our energy system. It gets just as muddled and full of crap but we pay it no attention. This year remember to take care of your energy, which means becoming mindful of how you allow your energy to be affected. Take a holistic cleansing approach to your self care and don't forget about the invisible parts of you, in many ways they are more important.
4.) Expand Your Perspective
Make a conscious effort to learn something new about something you don't understand. Widen your view of the world through the exploration of an unknown topic. Try and pursue information that gets you out of your own individualized focus. Explore something that allows you to understand the world around you more fully. If you are unfamiliar with a religion, ideology, system, or position suspend judgement and explore it with an open mind.
5.) Cleanse your Home
Getting rid of extra stuff in your home is beneficial for two reasons. The first is that it frees you up to receive what you do need in your life. Second, the less you have attached to you the less metaphorical and energetic baggage you have. Everything that you own takes a percentage of your energetic (mental) energy to maintain. If you want to approach this more esoterically, try cleansing your house with sage once a week to clear out all of the energetic debris you and visitors track into your home. You can also try donating and gifting that which you are finished with. Hire an organizer to help you create some balance and symmetry in your home. Feng Shui your house. Buy more house plants, anything that creates greater physical and metaphoric space in your environment.
6.) Open Your Heart
Start practicing the development of empathy. Many of us can sympathize with others. Which is thinking about how you would feel in a particular situation. This is immensely useful and a step toward developing empathy. Empathy is understanding how someone else would feel in a particular situation. First we develop cognitive empathy where we can mentally imagine what it would be like to be another and then with some development we cultivate spiritual empathy which is truly feeling/sensing what it is like for another. Do this through service and temporary expulsion of your personal position. Opening your heart is opening to the realization that we are all connected and that what you do to one, you do to yourself.
7.) Learn to Say Yes (Or No)
Whichever one is harder, do it. Some of us learn that saying yes will make us vulnerable, some learn that saying no is mean. Whatever you find more difficult practice it. The more you go against your tendency the greater inner balance you'll strike. If saying yes is your weakness you may need to foster greater receptivity. If saying no is your weakness you may have trouble with disappointing others or fear rejection. Discover the underlying cause and work with that too.
8.) Illuminate the Unknown
Don't shy away from what you don't understand. Recognize that illuminating a mysterious or dark path eliminates fear. Whether It's a new situation, information or person sometimes learning more can dispel fear and allow in the new. Sometimes learning more can help you to know definitively what you don't want. Avoidance typically only allows further anxiety. Either way the unknown has no power if you realize it only needs the light of understanding. Sometimes we must embrace the unknown, but this requires faith that whatever you find there is absolutely fine.
9.) Allow The Moment
Simple and perhaps cliche, but infinitely important. Remember to bring yourself back to the present whenever you can. Begin to actively cultivate present moment awareness. Get out of your story of the past, the future, or what other people are or aren't doing. Recognize that the past and the future are no longer relevant. The past may have gotten you to where you are but it's over, and the future is only a potential and makes no promises. The only thing you have is right now, and it's the only thing you'll ever have. You might as well get comfortable with it.
Surrender anything and everything. What you cling to can ultimately threaten your inner peace. Trials, tribulations, struggle and triumph. Surrender it all. We go through these things in order to teach us to let go. Surrender your stories and your struggles. The more you resist Reality, the harder it will be when it doesn't match your story. The quicker you surrender to the way things are (not through apathy, but acceptance) the quicker you allow what's in store to come into your life. This can be scary for those of us who need control, but that is also an illusion. Surrender is the only way to peace and it's a constant meditation. Surrender is not an impotent temper tantrum but an empowering spiritual practice. It requires strength and the constitution of hope to know that you are fundamentally not what happens to you, what you have or the story you've constructed. The more you surrender the closer you get to what you truly are, which when realized completely is both staggeringly important and hilariously insignificant. Surrender is the path to peace, everything else is trail of trouble.
Happy New Year to you all. We hope you have a year filled with deepening discovery and wish you safe travels in your respective journeys.