The end of each year can bring a lot of stress of what is to come. What are my resolutions? What do I want to accomplish? What are my goals? While resolutions are a great practice and something that the whole world seems to be on track with at the moment, what about taking time to reflect on what we are grateful for? What about taking the time to notice what went right this year? All too often we focus on the future with little time for the all-important reflective revelations.
This year, let's try something new. Instead of frantically trying to make the deadline of goal setting, let's put that aside so that we can relax, take a deep breath and reflect through the entire year. What went right? What breakthroughs did you have? How many small and large challenges did you overcome? What things made you smile? What things opened your heart? How many people did you positively affect? How many people positively affected you? How many projects did you accomplish? What compliments did you receive? What things did you learn? What small or big changes did you make in your health? What things did you do to make your spouse happy? How many times did your kids make you laugh? How many times did you make your kids laugh? In what ways did you inspire a stranger? How many love letters did you write? How many love letters did you receive?
This year, instead of ending your year by starting a new one, how about giving yourself time to bring this year to a proper close so that it doesn't seem as if there is no end in sight. With positive reflection and repose, we can breathe again, we can see clearer, and we can feel that grounded sense of accomplishment. This is so necessary to excite us forward in life and is essential for your foundation of whole health.
"I am grateful for..." Reflections Exercise:
Set aside some quiet time for you (at least an hour) preferably when and where you won't be interrupted. You will need a notebook (or paper) and a writing instrument. Before you begin, close your eyes, clearing your mind of all current thoughts and just take 5 deep relaxing breaths. Make your 100's List of things that you were grateful for this entire 2010 year. There is no right or wrong way to do this exercise. You can purely list words, or expand on it if you feel the urge. The only criteria is to make sure you have your 100! This exercise will help lead you into the new year with a sense of accomplishment and a positive outlook.