New Years Resolutions

Time tested and true, every 365 days we leap into a new year. Each new year can bring incredible opportunity for growth and renewal, and yet with that always comes new challenges and obstacles to overcome. Growth is not easy. Sometimes staying within our comfort zone sounds exponentially more appealing than does leaping forward into the unknown. Whenever I find myself reverting to old patterns or reinforcing stale thoughts, I remember an analogy a professor gave me once:

The Pendulum
Imagine on one end of the pendulum, we have joy, prosperity, success, and love. On the other end, we have pain, sorrow, guilt, anger, and despair.
We can gently rock the pendulum, watching it sway back and forth ever so slightly. This protects us from deep pain; we feel it only on a microscopic level. Yet, this comes with a price. With minimal pain, we feel minimal joy. We live in a state of neutrality. This limits our emotional freedom, as well as restricts new experiences and opportunities from arising.
We have another choice. This option is to swing that pendulum as powerfully as possible. We watch it gracefully swinging back and forth. This symbolizes the greatest potential we can reach. Although we risk the possibility of negative events and emotions occurring, we never have to submit to them – for we know that soon enough, we will feel a happiness that was not possible without reaching those depths. We allow ourselves to open our lives to the universe, trusting that it will guide us where we need to be. We let in all possibilities for greatness, as this was within us all along.
So it’s your choice. What will you choose?

I always come back to this analogy. I believe it very much applies when we create our New Years Resolutions. Sometimes we create very small resolutions that will result in minimal change due to fear of failing. What if I told you you have it within you to achieve whatever goal you set your mind to? What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What is your deepest desire? You have the ability to manifest that.

To be successful in your resolution, you need to learn the tools to succeed. You need to go into the new year with an open, positive mind, ready to conquer your world. You need to free up energetic space and allow new opportunities to arise with a calm acceptance. You need to be kind and loving to your body, as it carries you through this journey and makes all things possible.

This is why, with the help of my good friend and colleague Michelle Smith, we have created the workshop Manifest Your Resolutions: Through Restorative Yoga, Reiki, and Aromatherapy. We understand that resolutions can be daunting, but we are here to give you the tools to succeed. This workshop will be a catalyst for your healing. You will be able to create a new resolution, recommit to the one you made at the beginning of January, and/or solidify and grow on the resolution if you are still on track. Take this workshop on Sunday, February 4th from 1:30-3:30pm and leave knowing you can manifest your resolution.
Read more here and sign up with the early bird price.

~ Gabby DeFriese, RYT 200, B.A. Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
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