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Mindful : February 2018
At times, it’s likely your re- solve will fall apart—but you don’t have to arm wrestle with every setback. You can simply explore how and why your resolve dissolved. You are not embarking on a military operation to search and destroy; employ- ing self-compassion and tenderness is something much more challenging and counterintuitive. It may require noticing when try- ing harder is less effective than trying, well, softer. This year, resolve to keep your view alive and fresh, moment by moment. HOW TO MAKE A RESOLUTION 1 Start with awareness. Try visualizing your res- olution as a movie. How does it look? Is committing and following through on your intention bringing you strength, energy, and focus? Picture yourself enjoying the benefits of your efforts. Are you feeling fabulous on the beach? Powerful and present at work? Mellow with friends and family? Imagining what’s possible could help you stay motivat- ed when resolve melts like a summer snowman. 2 Stay realistic. Don’t try to stuff the whole turkey in your mouth. Start by resolving to do something that you could realistically accomplish, and take plea- sure in that accomplish- ment! “I will give my full attention to at least three conversations today.” “I will take a moment to enjoy the colors and aromas of my food.” “I will send myself warm appreciation before I go to sleep.” 3 Make a plan. If you need time to accomplish your new resolution, schedule it! Whether you want to medi- tate regularly, go to the gym, or be better prepared for a meeting, you will need time and a plan of action. It’s not magic; it’s staying present to the ordinary things that might be required to achieve your goals. 4 Prevent a relapse. Pre- pare to have your resolution challenged from inside and out. If you live in a hurricane zone, preparing a storm kit is the common wisdom. Your Resolution Relapse Prevention Kit includes noticing what’s up with you when you aban- don your resolution. Which thoughts are you listening to? Which emotions are rising up? How is your body responding to all of this? You might want to share your resolutions with someone from your online or live support network. Remember, we all need help to stay energized. It’s good to notice when generalized terror, resis- tance, and wanting to run from the unknown makes you long for your days as a sofa-spud. ● IT TAKES COUR- AGE TO SEE HOW YOU RESIST WHAT MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE. TRUE RESOLVE MEANS FEELING RESTLESS AND UNEASY AND BRINGING EFFORT AND ENERGY ANYWAY. 30 mindful February 2018 inner wisdom