I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions. I’ve put forth intentions of goals I wanted to accomplish around this time of year before as I’ll be celebrating my birthday in a week’s time and I usually get reflective because of this, but I don’t think I would claim these intentions to be resolutions. Throughout my adult life I have found that if you really get quiet with yourself and take the time to listen to your heart you know what the next step is to take in your life, whether it be about relationships, career moves, or ways to increase your personal growth. Sometimes it’s about taking a leap of faith and sometimes it’s about acknowledging where you could do better. Either way we all know where we should be focusing if we just get honest with ourselves.
But because I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions I had no idea what to write about this week. Do I focus on the fact that every breath is really a chance to begin again and that you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself at the beginning of 2014? Or do I discuss the fact that we all need to practice patience as the yoga studios fill up with new students charging after their fitness goals in light of the New Year’s beginning? Do I just skip this week and not acknowledge the New Year at all and move onto other topics?
And then this morning it came to me. I would write about my wish for my students and, when I really think about it, the entire population of the world.
My wish is simple, but not easy to accomplish. I wish that this year, 2014, more people are able to fall in love with themselves. That when each one of us looks in the mirror we don’t see everything that we feel is wrong with us, we see what is absolutely, individually right. That the wrinkles on our foreheads were not meant to be hated, but loved because we earned them by talking passionately about subjects that mean a great deal to us. That the stretch marks mothers see on our bodies are a tattoo of love and hope for the world’s future. That the shape of our nose, the beauty of our eyes, and the way we smile is uniquely ours to share with those around us. That our body is a magnificent machine we have been granted the use of for this lifetime and not a burden keeping us back from happiness, meant to be judged and hated on a minute to minute basis.
If we could just get that part of our mind under control that constantly compares us to others or judges our looks or life’s path. That voice that tells us we are not good enough for the life we dream about when we absolutely are – right now, today, in this instant. Because when you get control of that voice and learn to turn those thoughts around you begin to truly change – your mind, your body, your life. And in turn, you begin to change the world.
When you fall in love with yourself you cannot help having compassion and love for others. We were not born to come here and do what everyone has done before us. We were born to come here and do things that have never been done. It’s time to do the work. Let go of the fear, judgment, pain, anger, and jealousy. Forgive it and be done with it. I wish for you to fall in love with the most important person in your life. You.
Happy New Year from VIEWS FROM THE PODIUM. May the year be full of blessings, love, and quite a bit of sweat!
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