Welcome to the New Year.
As we step into this new year, we may feel overcome with relief to leave 2020 behind. If you have done the work, the deep soul healing that 2020 asked of us, you will find this year full of immeasurable growth. If you have not, 2021 is going to shake you up until you do.
2021 is asking us to change the way we exist. It is asking us to leave behind our instinctual self-preserving patterns that humans have developed over thousands of years and create a whole new way of being. We are being asked as a human race to elevate our thoughts and our relationship with our Creator in a way that few have before. Think Buddha, Jesus and Muhammed. While this is a hefty task, and we may only pave the way for future generations, we can begin to walk this path by taking little bites and baby steps. Here are a few examples of how to change your way of being.
You can begin to create the shifts in your being is to spend time each day in meditation. Just a few minutes in meditation each day is all you need to change you DNA, for the better. Don’t believe me? Check out this article: https://www.communitymedical.org/about-us/News/Meditation-can-change-your-brain-and-your-genes. Taking as few as two minutes to meditate each day will do your body good.
Start to create shifts in your life is by changing what you focus on. Have you ever met someone that seemed perpetually happy? Ever wondered how they do it? They choose to focus on the good instead of the bad in their life and so can you. Begin by making a list. Pull out that journal collecting dust on the shelf and start writing down 5-10 things that make you happy each day. Try not to duplicate any items on the list until you’ve reached 1000 things you are thankful for. You’ll find that you begin to notice good in simple moments and see things that you might have otherwise overlooked. (Example: the smell of fresh baked bread, the way the grass sparkles after an ice storm, finding a penny face up on the sidewalk)
Move your body. Sitting in meditation is great, sitting in front of a screen is not. Turn off your TV, tablet and phone and take a walk. 30 minutes of any form of physical exercise three times a week will boost your mood. Doing it outside, even when it’s cold, will boost your mood even more. Which leads us to our next way to feel happier, get outside.
Trees are good for your health, like good-good. Trees release a chemical called Phytoncides that actually boost your mood, your immune system and your focus. Maybe that’s why adults that don’t climb trees are less joyful than their younger tree-climbing selves. The good news is that you don’t have to climb a tree, or even hug one (although you will feel better), to gain their benefits. Just get outside, take a walk, take a nap, or take your lunch and spend some time with trees. See herehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793341/ and here https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html.
Last on today’s list is staying present. Stop reliving the past or worrying about the future, keep your mind focused on the now. When you find yourself fraught with worry, look for the actionable steps you can take right now. Volunteer, reach out to someone, apologize for your mistakes (we all make them), clear the clutter, look for the good, take responsibility for yourself (not your spouse, friend, parent, or grown children), and/or make a plan that involves small daily goals. The past can not be changed and the future has not yet come, so keep your focus on this moment and how you can make the best of it.
These are just a few ways you can start to live happier in 2021. It can be easy, or it can be hard. It’s up to you. I pray you choose joy, happiness, and a deeper relationship with yourself and your Higher Power.
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