The New Year is all about starting fresh! Kickstart your yoga practice with these energizing and invigorating poses that will help prepare your body and mind for the coming year. Here are 5 yoga poses for new beginnings.[Read more…] about 5 Yoga Poses for New Beginnings
Monday Meditation: A Meditation Script For The New Year
The end of a year and the coming of a new one can leave us stressed and anxious. Meditation can help us ground down and focus on setting our intentions for the coming year. Below is a meditation script for the new year.[Read more…] about Monday Meditation: A Meditation Script For The New Year
8 Attitudes to Develop to Have a Happier Year Ahead
Our new year’s resolutions all have one goal in common: to make us happy. Whether it is to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, improve ourselves, or become better at managing our finances, we feel elated if we succeed in following them through. [Read more…] about 8 Attitudes to Develop to Have a Happier Year Ahead
Monday Meditation: A Meditation Script for Letting Go of the Past
Now that 2020 is over, it’s time to let go of emotions, attitudes, and thoughts that no longer serve you. Meditation can help you feel centered, grounded, and ready for the year ahead. Here’s a meditation script for letting go of the past.
A Meditation Script for Letting Go of the Past
Sit upright on your mat or your chair. If you’re feeling particularly anxious, feel free to simply lie down on your bed and supported with a pillow or yoga bolster. Scan the body from the top of your forehead to the tips of your toes, then become aware of the weight of your body against the chair, mat, or bed.
Notice the rhythm of your breath. Observe whether your natural breath feels shallow or deep, at ease or heavy. No need to change the breath or force it into a pattern that feels uncomfortable—simply watch the current pace of your inhalations and exhalations.
Set your intention for your meditation practice today. Since this meditation is a meditation script for letting go of the past, consider aligning your personal intention with that overall theme. What have you been holding onto? And what would you like to leave behind?
Observe the thoughts that enter the mind. And instead of holding on to them, simply watch them as you would watch vehicles moving across the street, or foam in a roll of waves. Notice how one thought floats off, and another one appears.
Recognize that thoughts, memories, and emotions about the past are fleeting. How does your body hold onto the past? Notice any tightness in the neck or in the chest, or maybe in the hips. Mindfully soften and relax any tense areas that are calling out to you.
Then, begin to repeat the following affirmations to yourself: The past has no power over me. Fear no longer holds me down. I am ready to move forward. I embrace gratitude. Repeat those statements to yourself about three to five times.
Notice how the body and breath respond to these affirmations. Do you feel lighter? Perhaps you feel more at ease. See if you can now deepen the breath. In fact, you may also practice your lion’s breath, which entails inhaling through the nose and exhaling completely through the mouth.
When you are ready to end your meditation, scan your body again. Then, open your eyes.
5 Reasons Why You Keep Breaking the New Year’s Resolutions You Make
By now you must have made your New Year’s resolutions and you hope that this time, they won’t be thrown away, along with the holiday ribbons and leftover food. Okay…maybe not that early but eventually. The US News & World Report says that 80 percent of these resolutions fail to go beyond Valentine’s Day or thereabouts. It’s a depressing thought.
But, with that in mind, shouldn’t you be looking for the reasons why you keep breaking the New Year’s resolutions you make? Here are some obstacles that hinder you from successfully carrying out your year-long goals through to the coming December, and onwards. By learning about them, you can avoid these mistakes and congratulate yourself by year’s end.
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