Can you believe that we are already one month in to 2015? It's about this time every year that resolutions start to falter (I blame the cold!) and old, less-than-desirable habits creep back in. While I am not one to promote crash diets or crazy gym routines, I do think that new years resolutions have the potential to be a positive thing - it's good to reflect on what you want out of life and how you plan to get there. But why do we all feel the need to commit to one, over-ambitious on January 1st, only to feel dis-heartened and burnt out a few weeks later?
This year, I'm breaking free of this unproductive cycle. Instead, I will be making a series of smaller resolutions throughout the year - ones that ring true for the season and that I can (reasonably) hold myself accountable to. January started off strong - I developed a new, energizing morning routine that has put a pep in my step all month. So what will I commit to for February? Meditation.
The more I read, the more I learn about the power of thought and the benefits of visualization. I've been wanting to establish a meditation practice for a while now, but I keep talking myself out of truly trying it. I think part of the problem is that "meditation" has always implied silence and calm for an extended period of time - something that I'm not ready for, just yet at least.
And then I learned about Headspace - an app that eases you into meditation 10-minutes at a time. 10 minutes? Even I can handle that. Oh, and it's user friendly too, complete with graphics that help you demystify meditation techniques. You can read more about the app here and here.
I'm excited to see where this month of meditation takes me. There are some big changes going on in my life, so I think this choice of resolution is perfect for me right now.
Have you ever tried to meditate? What were the results? I'd love to hear your stories, and any tips and tricks from all you seasoned meditators out there.