Intentions for a new year….
A new year is always so juicy with promise. Even though we get a new, juicy chance every day, flipping the calendar to January 1 seems to open up a big ribbon of straight, open highway to us.
So, how about setting some intentions for the coming year. I don’t care for the term resolutions; it seems too concrete and life is too fluid to set anything in stone on the first day of a new year. Because if you forget or just flat-out change your mind, it feels like a failure and who needs that.
I’d like to listen to my intuition a little more. It rarely steers me wrong, but there are times when I not only ignore that little tickle of intuitive insight, I stuff it into a ziplock bag and shove it into the deep freeze. Intuition should not be stored or frozen; it requires immediate attention and inspection, preferably under a very bright light and a steady, open gaze.
In order to accomplish this, I need to slow down. To arrest my tendency to jump to conclusions. That requires breathing, instead of acting. When a problem or challenge arises, I like to act; to DO SOMETHING. You, too? Okay, so let’s be honest. More than half of the time, I wish I’d not done what I did. Or should that be did what I did…done. You understand what I’m getting at.
Acting rashly to try and alleviate the pain and suffering of an irritating problem usually only makes it worse and then we have to back track. Had I just taken a few breaths, allowed my intuition to guide me and let this problem fully present itself and unfold in it’s problematic beauty, I would realize there is probably a better solution than just ‘doing something…anything.’ You know who you are. Let’s work on this together.
I’d like to be more compassionate. With myself. Period. The late night psychic beatings need to stop. I have a very comfortable Tempurpedic and it is for sleeping, not emotional self-flaggellation over …well, pretty much everything that I may have handled badly. Or imagined that I handled badly. Ever notice how our imaginations kick into high gear after 1 a.m.?
So, there are two intentions. A good start. Let’s not over-burden our imperfect selves with too much improvement. We have 365 days ahead of us. Start slowly. Finish your coffee, change out of your jammies, eat the last of the Christmas cookies and THEN set your intentions.