Thursday, January 1, 2015

We Awake Anew: 2015

The first day of a new year is always a reflective day. A day of introspection about how far you have come and how far you still have to go. There is something about this time of year that is inspiring and motivating too. Some say a clean slate or tabula rasa if you will. On a smaller scale each day this this. It's a new opportunity, a clean slate to re-direct or simply be available to live in the moment.

Some people think this notion is bullshit, trendy or maybe unattainable. I feel like a new year is a great time to start this practice. I have realized the uselessness of resolutions. I cannot plan or anticipate what I will be doing next week, let along next November. I can only try each day to be present and enjoy the day I am experiencing, as life has not promised me another.

Dr. Wayne Dyer lists 10 items to help you become and stay present or in his words, live in the NOW:

1. Remember that habits are changed by practicing new behavior. By practicing new thinking every five minutes, you’ll soon begin to master the art of present-moment living.

2. Do an honest assessment of your “problems.” You’ll very likely discover that almost all of your problems are really in your head and not located in reality.

3. Take time to be mindful of everything around you. Begin to look at your entire surroundings in a new light. Observe every detail on every face, every building and every object. If you do this often enough it will become a habit that will facilitate your being alive in every moment of the year.

4. Change your attitude. Begin an attitude-redevelopment plan. That means practice enjoying everything you do.

5. Be specific about what you want and take action. Decide on one thing that you would like to work on and do it today. Work at it daily, rather than making it a long-range objective.

6. Create a self-improvement agenda for yourself. Put on your agenda whatever activities you’ve always thought about but never had time to do. Do them now.

7. Rid yourself of mundane chores that are not really that important. Spend more time making your life a pleasure.

8. Eliminate procrastination as a lifestyle. Instead of talking to yourself about what you are going to do next week or even tomorrow, use this time to start a new task.

9. Don’t give up control of your life to others. You cannot enjoy the present moment if you are busy trying to make everyone else like you. People respect you more when you operate from a position of strength and self-reliance.

10. Feel good about yourself. You are a magnificent human being. Always feel good about that self that you are always with.

Enjoy EVERY Moment of 2015!!

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