I encourage you to celebrate each day as a new beginning. I truly believe you can reach any goal you set for yourself by embracing one simple thing: the art of slowing down. And there’s no better way to do this than by creating rituals all year round.
Rituals, not resolutions
Rituals have the power to ground us and find happiness in even the smallest of moments. They require us to slow down our racing minds and be present in the moment. When we take the time to focus on what’s happening this second rather than where we want to be in 3 months from now, we’re creating new neural pathways in the brain – which leads to long-lasting change for the better.
Stop. Slow down. It happens.
Rather than beating yourself up, put on your coat and take a walk around the block. Notice the sights, smells and sounds of Summer. Feel the wind against your face and breathe deeply. This is a form of meditation. Listen to that voice inside yourself that says tomorrow is another day – a new start – and you will do better. For dinner tonight, eat a delicious salad with fresh, sustainable ingredients. Take the time to enjoy preparing and eating your meal. And with that, you’ve just created a new ritual. One that you can practice the entire year, whenever you feel stress levels rising or self-doubt creeping in. It really is as easy as it sounds.
Live with the intent for a more soulful life
Focusing on the things that are good in life – even the smallest of things – is the essence of soulful living. And when we live soulfully, anything is possible. All it requires of us is to pause, reflect and live in the here and now. To listen to our inner self and let external worries fade away. Instead of obsessing about unrealistic, specific goals, simply live each moment with intent. When we do this, we become more emotionally and physically prepared to attain the life we want. We also experience more joy.
Resolve to take the time to start a daily yoga practice instead of signing up for a gym membership you’ll stop using in a couple of months. Resolve to pamper yourself with a long, luxurious bath instead of a 5-minute shower. Resolve to stop and see the beauty of others, in yourself, and in the great wide world around you.