We are now days away from a new year! How CRAZY is that?! Every year is the same, we make our goals, our lists, our half-hearted commitments…blah..blah..blah. Rarely do we follow through on these grandiose ideas of ours. So, let’s do something different this year! Let’s focus instead on the moment we are in instead of looking ahead into the future. Don’t get me wrong, goals are an amazing thing, but what I’m seeing these days, is a massive group of miserable people with amazing goals who are so focused on “I’ll be happy when…”, that every day they miss out on what could be making them happy right in that moment. Make sense?
Through having fun and enjoying every day, we will MUCH more quickly reach those long term goals, rather than running around in circles, never truly happy, exhausting ourselves day in and day out, when it really doesn’t have to be that way. So, this year, let’s ENJOY life, notice the little things, be thankful in everything, and love every moment.
Here is an example of a simple mind-body-soul strategy for starting this new concept:
“Today, I love myself for who I am, right where I am, and who I was created to be. Thank you God for this place I am in right now, whether I am surrounded in blessings, or my world is falling a part, it’s part of my story and it’s pushing me to become a stronger, more compassionate, loving person. I thank you that I am not here just for me, I’m here with a purpose to serve and help others! Right now, right where I am at, I am complete, I don’t need anything or anyone else to make me who I am. I love myself right here, right now, because I have been created for greatness, and ONLY I CAN GET IN THE WAY of that happening. So, I choose today to love who I was created to be, love the passions I was given, love the struggles I have and have had, and I will use those experiences and abilities to love on as many people as I can.
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.” – Psalm 139:4 (MSG)
“Today I CHOOSE to love my body, and because I love it, I naturally want to take care of it through clean powerful nutrition, fun exercise, playing, laughter, hydration, and guilt-free rest. I will listen to my body and what it needs, and I’ll do whatever I can to take care of it. I love feeling my heart pounding when I have the privilege of exercising, I love the energy I feel when I fuel every cell in my body with nutrient dense foods, I love how happy I feel when I give my body the nutrients and vitamins it is craving! I know the science and facts behind what is good for me and what isn’t, I’m going to choose to eat a colorful variety of foods every day. I know everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods. Some thrive off of being vegan and some thrive off of being Paleo, I know what’s best for me and that’s what’s important. I know sugar, processed foods, gluten, and similar food-like imitations will only make me feel slow, sad, and depleted, so I’m just going to avoid those so I can feel the absolute best I can. I’m SO thankful I get to do that!”
“I feed my body physical nourishment, I feed my mind positive encouragement, but I know there is a third piece to the puzzle that cannot be left out. I have a deeper craving to connect with something much greater
beyond myself. Everyone has a different way of connecting with this greater power, but if I’m honest with myself, I know the feeling I get deep in my soul that no words can describe…this faith, it feeds me, it empowers me, it challenges me. I know without it, I am incomplete. From this source, I radiate love, joy, and hope that is not dependent on any of my worldly circumstances. This. This cannot be shaken. Today, I will take a few minutes to recognize this thirst in my soul and whether it is praying, meditating, or reading a devotional, I’m going to recharge my soul so that I can continue to be a fully charged being, ready to pour love and encouragement into whoever may cross my path today. I’m SO thankful for this deep connection I have…it goes beyond human understanding, and I’m ok with not fully understanding it, because I know. I know what my heart feels, my heart does cartwheels, I rejoice with thanksgiving in EVERY circumstance.”
Don’t ever forget how awesome you are and how much POWER you have to impact the world around you for the better! Happy healing!!
RN & Health Coach