3 Genius Questions To Start Your New Year Mindfully
All right New Year’s Eve, here you come again. We’ve had an interesting relationship over the years.
I used to buy into all the hype around you. You know, where people party their way into your arrival and make a resolution of change for the year, which they’d never keep. Always leaving me feeling empty and uninspired for the future.
Then I tried buying out of the hype completely yet not really replacing it with anything else. Many a New Year’s Eve was spent at home watching TV and going to bed early by choice. Considering it just another day, another date change, another mindless new year.
The parties were fun, don’t get me wrong. One year with friends, someone picked up someone’s camera (not a cell phone camera either ;)) and took a progression of photos throughout the night. They got more ridiculously funny as the night went on.
On a deeper level though, it shone a light on the unconscious way we were choosing to enter the new year.
Many spend these festivities drinking or otherwise chemically altering their state of awareness. There’s nothing wrong with that if the subtle message they want to convey is their preference to remain unaware and not in control of how their year plays out.
Just take note of all the alcohol ads the media floods us with around this time of year and you may begin to wonder if it’s all by design.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So New Year’s Eve, things are different now. Going from year to year merely hoping for a good one and just being conscious enough to write the correct year on cheques is over. I am deeper, more substantial than that.
My question is: how do I want to enter the new year?
Mindfully or mindlessly?
I invite you to consider going into the year mindfully with me and have a healthy relationship with the new year. Take the time for your Self to reflect on some questions about the past year.
Keep in mind the following questions are intended to lift you, help you see possibilities, inspire you to make your new year the best one yet. Of course, honour yourself by answering them in all honesty – they’re only for your eyes.
1. What were my challenges over the past year?
Challenges like health issues, finances, career, relationships, etc. can reveal our patterns of behaviour if we reflect on whether we respond or react.
- what did I do well?
- what could I improve on?
- how did I surprise myself?
- what have I learned so I can move through the next challenge with a bit more ease?
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat Zinn
2. What were my joys over the past year?
From tiny moments to big life events joy can enter our lives as long as we’re open to it.
- did I allow myself to feel joy?
- how could I have felt more joy?
- did I share it with people and pass it on?
- was I grateful?
“The maximum joy that I have is when I can create something that makes someone else’s life lighter, brighter or better.” – Will Smith
3. What did I create over the past year?
We are creators by nature from our surroundings to our relationships to some form of artistic outlet, either on purpose or by default.
- did it bring me joy?
- did I allow the unknown to guide me?
- did I dream this creation to its full expression?
- what do I desire to dream up and create in the New Year?
“When we are creating, we are in alignment with our primary purpose, which happens to be the exact purpose of God – Creation.” – Dr. Michael J. Duckett
Once you’ve pondered through this mindful experience write down your take- aways. What did you learn about yourself and how do you feel about moving forward? It can be a constructive move forward knowing where you are and where you’re going so you be be clear with your intentions.
Then go have fun and know that you have sent a message to Life saying you’re ready to change old patterns for a new and better year.
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey
Wishing everyone mindfully joyous creations in the new year!
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