I've never been very excited about New Year's Resolutions. The things we're supposed to resolve - lose weight, clean out the garage, get a new job - all point to our deficiencies. They also seem to be markers of ongoing battles, like needing to take better care of oneself and one's world. They need to be ongoing resolutions.
This year I need a pick-me-up, a little marker of my ongoing journey, so I have set a few "resolutions" for myself: to ride my bike more, do yoga every day, to meditate more regularly. All of these are about taking care of myself.
All of these are about celebrating Life. I resolve to honor my body and spirit here on earth right now. Imagine if we celebrated life and turned ourselves more towards positive interaction with the world and Spirit, rather than beating ourselves up about how fat, lazy or whatever we might think ourselves?
If you want to mark this shift into 2009 (which has such a lovely ring to it, doesn't it?), here are few suggestions of resolutions that celebrate life and our place in the universe:
meditate once a day or once a week or three times a week
spend more time in nature
dedicate x hours a week to your art
join a spiritual community
volunteer one hour a week doing something you love
go easy on yourself
invest in green technologies
Remember, these are about being kind to ourselves, the earth, and our fellow earthlings.
Want to share your resolutions?
Thursday, January 1, 2009
New Year's Resolutions About Celebrating Life
Written by Clea Danaan
Clea Danaan grew up in the Pacific Northwest; she now lives in Colorado. she is the author of five books relating to nature-centered spirituality and natural family living. She writes about nature mysticism, chickens, homeschooling, permaculture, and more. Her books have been published in more than six countries and translated into several languages, including French and German.