14 Aspirations for a Happier New Year. ~ Kimberly Roberts

Via on Jan 2, 2012

I know, we go through it every year, but it’s isn’t it nice to know we have another chance for a new start every year? Or every moment?

1. Give up something you know is not good for you.

You don’t have to be dramatic about it. Just do it. If you slip on your discipline a week later, just try again, quietly.

2. Eat more raw food.

It’s healthier, better for the planet, gives you incredible energy, and makes you want to dance, and by the way…

3. Play more!

Dance, sing, paint, write stories, make dollhouses out of shoeboxes, create fish-mobiles from paper mache, not to sell, or show, or promote yourself, but just for the hell of it. Turn somersaults in the swimming pool, jump around on the beach, eat (or make) heart shaped raw chocolate truffles. Laugh from your gut.

4. Take up (or re-commit to) yoga and meditation practice.

I know, I’m biased. But yoga and meditation change your perspective. If you want to make a shift in your life, settle down and watch your breath. Just try it. If you already have a practice, look at it again and see if it’s working.

5. Stop gossiping.

Negativity breeds negativity. So guess what? Positivity breeds positivity. You choose.

6. Get some physical exercise every day.

It’s our only body–we only get one this time around. Take good care of it.

7. Smile more.

If necessary, on those days when it is not forthcoming on its own, turn up the corners of your lips and soften your eyes. You will be amazed at how effective this is.

8. Learn the power of silence.

Turn off all (I mean ALL) of your gadgets and notice what is happening around you. And while you are at it…

9. Spend more time in nature.

Mother earth supports us. Appreciate her and she will reward you with gifts: a sunset, a summer rain, a frog chorus, a symphony of rustling leaves. But she won’t come to you; you have to go to her. She’s just that way.

10. Practice generosity.

Donate to charities, give to beggars, support good causes, just because it is the kind thing to do. If you truly (be honest with yourself) don’t have the means to make financial offerings, donate your time or attention.  It helps you to appreciate the fact that you are rich enough to be give. Or, if you prefer, stew in your poverty mentality. But if you choose that, then please…

11. Stop whining.

We know. It’s hard. Practice gratitude instead. You can do it.

12. Find a purpose.

Your intention guides you through life. Are your goals in line with your values? Ask what you truly want out of life, and contemplate whether your current activities support that.

13. Love more.

Appreciate your family, friends, and colleagues even when– especially when– they bug you. Offer praise –tell them what inspires you about them. One authentic compliment can boost a person’s day, but it boosts your own day even more. And don’t forget to LOVE YOURSELF, lavishly–not in the gooey sense, but really, do you have to be so hard on yourself? Give it a break!  365 (or 366 this year) days of this and you’ve got a stellar year ahead of you. So…

14. Relax and Enjoy!

Go ahead, you can.

Kim Roberts, pilgrim, writer, teacher, directs the yoga program at the new Thanyapura retreat in Phuket, Thailand. Visit her website, or follow her travels on‘Diary of a Pilgrim.

About elephant journal

elephant journal is dedicated to "bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society." We're about anything that helps us to live a good life that's also good for others, and our planet. >>> Founded as a print magazine in 2002, we went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009. >>> elephant's been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter's Shorty Awards for #green content...two years running. >>> Get involved: > Subscribe to our free Best of the Week e-newsletter. > Follow us on Twitter Fan us on Facebook. > Write: send article or query. > Advertise. > Pay for what you read, help indie journalism survive and thrive. Questions? info elephantjournal com

4,666 views

Appreciate this article? Support indie media!

(We use PayPal but you don't need an account with PayPal.)

Elephriends - Mindful Affiliates

9 Responses to “14 Aspirations for a Happier New Year. ~ Kimberly Roberts”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tanya Lee Markul, Yoga Editor
    Join us! Like Elephant Yoga on Facebook
    Follow on Twitter

  2. Love this! Such simple, but important reminders!

  3. [...] Here is one such article: 14 Aspirations [...]

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Actress Angie Harmon just retweeted this to her fans! You're huge, Kim! ~ Waylon

    • Kim Roberts says:

      wow Waylon, that's great. thanks for the news!
      but just FYI, you should never tell a woman she is huge :)

  5. [...] 14 Aspirations for a Happier New Year. ~ Kimberly Roberts [...]

  6. [...] unhappy with whatever is happening at the moment so we rest our hopes on the future. We invest in time. We plan and we wait; we anticipate and we [...]

  7. Lauren says:

    WOW! What a great article, has only made me more determined for an awesome 2012! Thank you for sharing this! :-)

Leave a Reply