What a year! I think we can all agree that 2020 was kind of like a bad movie that we wanted to turn off halfway through. Uncertainty on a global scale, the polarization of ideologies, pandemics, and isolation. Wow. Who wrote this script? What a blockbuster flop! But a fresh new year is around the corner and the talk is of resolutions and new goals. How does one do that when we have no idea what 2021 will look like you ask? I personally find comfort in the simple fact that not knowing is an okay place to be. My mindfulness and self-compassion practices have taught me to be in this moment, right here and now, because truly that is all we know for certain. So rather than worrying about setting resolutions for a year that may be unpredictable and allowing yourself to worry about controlling or fulfilling an unknown future, let us try to bring intention setting to the new year. How to set intentions:
Nourish yourself emotionally first. This is not a selfish act. Taking care of yourself allows you more spaciousness to give to others. Do things that replenish your body and soul.
Practice self-compassion. Human nature often feeds a desire to fix or change ourselves. Self-compassion helps us see ourselves as human with all of our flaws and goodness and accept the whole package. As your own self-compassion grows, you grow the capacity to have more compassion for others – something the world definitely needs right now.
Set intentions that are sustainable. No grandiose resolution can really be met. Meet yourself where you are. Intentions are not goals to attain, but rather a journey to explore.
I am excited to jump into 2021 and find out what it will reveal to me. I wish the same joy of anticipation for you! Happy 2021! Linette
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