How to get your New Year’s Resolution to be meaningful—and to survive:
Cheerful New Year from Elephant’s Waylon Lewis (who just woke up and looks it)!
Above, Waylon reads three things and reminds you how to make your Resolutions work. What is your resolution? Say in comments.
How you and Elephant can be of huge benefit in 2018 to a wonderful but crazy world in need.
New Year’s resolutions are often practical: lose some weight, start reading more, start running, finish that book.
What they miss is the motivation that will get us through times of inspiration and lack of inspiration.
Motivation does not come from willpower. Willpower breaks, falters in the warm trance of the present moment “maybe I’ll just eat that entire cake.”
Motivation comes from empathy, from appreciation, and from the feeling that we can be of benefit.
Good news: we can cultivate those three things through our morning, and evening meditation.
Now there’s your New Year’s Resolution. Meditate, for a few minutes each morning. Begin with a bow, and dedicate your day to be of benefit. Then, good posture, place attention on breath in and out. Eyes open (especially in the morning) as we don’t want to separate ourselves from our lives, but to infuse daily life with the power of this simple (straightforward) yet difficult (lifelong) meditation. End with a contemplation: “What is one thing I feel compassion about?” And, “What is one thing I’m grateful for?” You’ve already started with the aspiration to be of benefit. Bow out.
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Happy New Year! ~ #WaylonLewis
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Often the best moments of our lives arise within the pauses, Between our endless hurrying. Slow down. Enjoy your coffee for here. Eat sitting down. Don’t text and walk or drive. Just text fully. Communicate fully. Eat fully. Be fully. Live fully. Love fully. Feel fully. It’s all just one pause away. Multitasking takes us away from the magic of this moment. Breathe. Smile. Cry. Connect. It’s not too late to fall in love with your life. ~ Waylon Lewis
Amanda Priestly is a parent coach, educator, and teen supporter.
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