This Year I Promise…

Paloma Chavez

DC_new-year-promise_01.09.08.jpgAnd so the list-making begins. Before the first of the year, just after the first of the year, or perhaps six months into the year, we race to set our sights on achieving an insurmountable list of “to do’s.” I am not saying lists are bad; they can be very productive and a reminder that we still believe in hope and can generate faith.

For myself, this coming year I foresee more time to be still, to be quiet, and to listen.

I enjoy the rush of life and the never-ending list of responsibilities, but it is the responsibility to myself that I need to polish this year. For example, I sometimes rush through my yoga practice so that I can feel the accomplishment of having completed my session. But where is my mind during the ebb and flow of each asana?

This year, I have to remind myself that this is the moment to be ‘thought-less.” To remind myself that within these 60, 30 or even 15 minutes, I have an opportunity to allow my mind to soften, my heart to open, and my breath to be deep and full.

That is my promise to myself. But I am still going to enjoy making those little check marks next to my endless lists.
[tags]new year resolutions, to do list, rush of life, yoga meditation, breathing, open heart[/tags]

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