New Years Resolutions; No Thanks!
With January in full swing, I’m still seeing lots of buzz around new years resolutions, the new you, change, etc, etc, etc.
But you see, that actually does not fit for me. 💯
And I suspect it does not fit for the rest of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. ❄️
The Gregorian calendar, in my view, is not synced with the seasons and this idea of “starting new” and a call to action in the middle of the coldest and most still periods of the year just does not make sense for our bodies and our minds.
Instead, we should be listening to our bodies and minds and nourishing them in a way that is aligned with the energy of the current season. 🌨
Winter is a time for stillness, contemplation, retreating, & often more time alone. 📚
Our ancestors living in colder climates used to pretty much do nothing all winter and stay in their shelters.
It is a time for DEEP introspection but not a time to start and commit to a bunch of new things.
Our culture of productivity has moved so far away from living cyclically that our bodies have become unbalanced and, well, tired. 💤🥱
So, instead of New Year’s resolutions, I choose to focus on a sense of BEING.
This year, to enter the new calendar year, I chose a theme for the year ahead; or at least the next little while. 💫
Without any commitment, action, or goals associated with it.
Just a particular energy to harness throughout the year that will allow myself and my family to step into more embodiment of this theme/energy.
To mark this, I had a simple and meaningful ceremony with my kids to bring forth this energy for the upcoming year. 🦋💖📿
LOVE is the theme I felt called to. 💗
Ok, wait before you have your mind made up about what you think this is and continue reading bellow. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
🌱 This theme felt particularly salient to me with some big life changes happening and tending to some wounds that are still quite fresh.
The love I am talking about is not the romantic type of love that comes to mind and dominates the narrative of love.
Or the overabundance of outward traditional displays of love.
✨What I am talking about goes deeper than the typical notions of love✨
🌿 Love embodied in everything I do
🌿 Love embodied in how I think and conceptualize of things
🌿 Genuine love of the self in an honest and compassionate way
🌿Love for my family members that transcends ways in which I have loved in the past
🌿 Love in the way I move my body around the room, the way in which I cook, in how I move through transitions
The hard, honest, raw work of trying to show up consistently for myself and others in a way that embodies this. 🙌
🦋Harnessing the energy of love through period of time and through the seasons.
That, to me, seems more powerful and long-lasting than a list of goals and resolutions. 💥
And certainly more aligned with where I live geographically.
⁉️And so, I’m curious to know, what theme you looking to deepen in your life in the next little while? ⁉️
Let me know.
And may the start of this new season bring forth some deep knowing of yourself.