I am generally not one who makes traditional New Year’s resolutions. In my earlier years I did make them and since I never seemed to hold true to them the exercise felt like one in which I repeatedly failed. This did not add anything positive to my sense of self or my life.
Now my New Year’s resolutions tend to be a more organic nurturing process and go something like this.
- Each day is a new day to embrace my body and my life.
- I will choose to approach my body and life with a sense of curiosity and wonder.
- My body and life can be a laboratory for learning and living life more fully.
- I will do my best to embrace my body and self with more love and acceptance.
- My choices will be honored as opportunities for learning rather than as successes or failures.
- I will seek pleasure as I move through my body and life.
- I will honor painful feelings and sensations and use them to inform me about my body’s truths.
- I will choose awareness and connection over distraction and disconnection whenever possible.
- I will seek fulfilling ways to nurture my body and self as often as possible.
- I will practice compassion for my body and self when my choices do not feel healthy and loving.
- I will practice making my body a friend rather than an enemy.
- Each day I will do my best to make choices that support my body as a sacred space.
- Each day is a new day to embrace my body and my life …
Robin Okun, LMSW, is a certified Nia Instructor, Movement Therapist, Center for Eating Disorders, Director of Mindful Movement Studio, Ann Arbor, MI, 734-395-2624, firstname.lastname@example.org