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A New Year’s Reducing Plan

Perhaps in the wake of the season of gift giving and receiving, you’re feeling like you’ve consumed too much: Too much food and drink, as well having bought too much and accumulated too many gifts. In these quiet days we have an opportunity to take stock, value what we have and let go of what no longer serves us.

New Year's is the perfect time to do some mental housecleaning.

New Year’s is the perfect time to do some mental housecleaning.

Looking around our houses this time of year, with rooms cluttered with gifts, cards, and baskets of cookies and sweets, one thing is clear: It’s easier to acquire than to let go. But just as our shelves, table tops, closets, and drawers fill up with dusty old tchotchkes and worn out clothes that no longer fit us, so too can our minds and hearts get cluttered with old stories and beliefs that are taking up space without serving any useful purpose.

As we approach 2016, take a mental inventory. List 3 (intangible) things you want to let go of. Perhaps there’s a belief that is far past its sell-by date; perhaps you’ve collected some resentments, or old myths you’ve created about your life that no longer bring you closer to the truth of who you are capable of becoming.

As you clean up your house this week, discarding bags of wrapping paper, sweeping up pine needles that have fallen around the Christmas tree, or even doing daily chores such as washing dishes and taking the trash to the curb–think about the habits of worry or negativity, or the old beliefs you are going to let go of as 2015 draws to a close.

As what no longer serves you falls away, you can make room in your heart and mind for new possibilities and fresh starts.

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Here at AllTheSnoozeThat’sFitToPrint we’re resolving to do New Year’s Resolutions differently. Today’s post is part of a week-long series on mindful ways of creating New Year’s Resolutions that work. You can read the first post when you click here.

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New Year. New Question. (#Quest2016)

What if in the New Year you had to devote yourself to One Question?

Let’s up the stakes: If you do so, you are promised treasures and a fortune so great that you will have all the money you would ever need or want for the rest of your life. All you have to do is focus your work every day of 2016 this single Question.

What would it be?

Sure, it’s just a party game. No one will really offer you riches if you promise to winnow your focus to contemplation of a single question for 366 days (2016 is a leap year, we get one extra day to play with!).

On the other hand, maybe there are riches in store, riches of the emotional and spiritual variety that is, if you get the question right, and if you really can attune to it, and stick with it.

I’ve got one I could commit to: “What is my heart’s desire?”

Why this question? Because I trust that the heart knows.IMG_2714

 

The heart, one of my dear friends reminds me on one of my darkest days, is on a mission. So follow it.

What is my heart’s desire? Asking this question would ensure that I live each day guided by love.

 

Decades ago, when I was a college kid, first semester, first time in therapy, the therapist asked: “How do you feel about that?” Was it a trick question? I was a smart girl, graduated in the top 10 percent of my high school class. What was that question again? My mind drew a blank? What do I feel? Help me out here. My therapist had to list the choices. Start with these: Mad, sad, glad, scared. I eventually got the hang of feelings. I’m pretty good at those now.

Then I started listening to a guided relaxation recording, on which the soothing voice emanating from my iPod would ask me each time, “What is your heart’s deepest longing?” Stumped again. What are my choices?

How do I get to the heart of the matter?

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My karate teacher once told me to “Choose love over fear.” I was to do this each time I needed to decide. This turned out to be a good way to guide the ship that was my life.

Now here I am–here we are–with the sandy shore of 2016 coming into view. As we approach this new year, our world is engulfed in fear, and we see where that is leading us. (Paris, San Bernadino, Ferguson…need I go on?)IMG_3246

For 2016, I’d like to see where love will lead me.

They say “The heart is a lonely hunter.” But it need not be so lonely if we scope out this territory—together.

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366 days. One question. It’s on. Let’s see what we can dream up.

 

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Today’s post is my response to the question posed by Jonathan Fields, founder of The Good Life Project: He put it like this: You wake up to discover a knock at your door. A wealthy uncle you barely knew has passed and left you a fortune. … but there is a condition. To be eligible to collect, you must commit your full-time working energies to the pursuit of an answer to a single question of your choosing for the next 12 months… What is your question? 

This prompt is part of my homework for #Quest2016’s inquiry, designed to help creative business artists move with intention into the New Year.

 

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#tellyourself about the New Year

What I most need to tell myself about 2016?

2016? What does that mean? A really big number. A new page on the calendar. Is that all?

2016 is an opportunity. Just as each morning we get a chance to open our eyes anew and make another go at living our best lives, so the turning of the year, the turning of the page, is an opportunity to wake up again to the fact that this is it! This is my (this is your) one wild and precious life, as Mary Oliver says in her poem “The Summer Day.”

2016 is a new year; a new succession of months and seasons and sunsets and sunrises. For me, each one is an invitation to discover what I stand for and why I’m here.

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 … year by year I have been moving more deeply into my commitment to living a life rooted in knowing myself more deeply and encouraging others to do the same through dreams, writing, and mindfulness. These are the three doorways I know of that lead me on an inner adventure as wild and exciting as any mountain climb or round-the-world sea voyage.

As 2015 comes to a close I see my commitments to these practices manifesting in tangible ways, which I hope to continue to build on in 2016:

  • DREAMS: My dream business, Third House Moon, in which I work with individuals and groups to help them become conscious of and connected with their nighttime dreams for inner growth and healing is taking off. I just returned from a week in the Bahamas where I taught about The Yoga of Dreams at Sivananda Yoga Retreat and Ashram, and in 2016 I will be unveiling plans to offer new opportunities to people who want to dive deeper into their understanding and knowledge of dreams and how to use them effectively to help promote health and healing on the personal and collective levels;
  • WRITING: I continue to teach writing workshops, primarily these days to teen moms and low-income women and men in adult literacy settings. I also teach writing workshops in the wider community. This fall I had two opportunities to teach “Poetic Dream” workshops, in which we used our nighttime dreams to inspire our poetry, and I hope to be able to offer more workshops on writing in 2016. In the coming year I plan to nurture my own writing as well. (I’ve got a “Crown of Sonnets” in the works. Wish me luck!)
  • MINDFULNESS: My book, “Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life” was published last month, and in 2016 I plan to offer talks, workshops, and book signings about mindful approaches to creating a more joyful and meaningful life. Going around the country talking about Joy? Not a bad gig! (And there’s still room on my dance card if you want to bring me to your town for a workshop or event.)

So, what do I most need to tell myself about 2016? I need to tell myself that 2016 is just another morning; another ordinary extraordinary opportunity to open my eyes anew to the possibilities to be awake and aware, and to step into the world through the doorways of dreams, writing, and mindfulness.

And what about you? What are you going to #tellyourself about the coming year? Think carefully, because the words you chose lead you into the life you live. Why not make it extraordinary!

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