As you may know by now, I am not a supporter of New Year’s resolutions. You can call me contrary or realistic … but when we feel pressure to commit to a change or work towards a big goal, it simply doesn’t happen without the right resources and support in place – and an inner motivation that comes from our heart and soul.
I admire people who have that within themselves- especially in the dead of winter – but for most mortals it usually ends in disappointment. The research shows only 8% of Americans follow through to the end of the year with Resolutions.
In a quiet moment during my yoga practice this morning I realized that there is one resolution that I want to make. I think it is one that we can all commit to as it feeds our heart and nourishes our wellbeing.
In essence it is to continue on my journey of being kind and compassionate towards myself. When we give ourselves kindness we bring kindness to those around us, and it has a ripple effect that keeps growing.
I believe that world peace starts with being kind to ourselves and finding peace within ourselves. Helping others is a good place to start, but the real work is ours to do for ourselves. We must find that peaceful, nourishing and inspiring place I call our Middle Ground.
This poem by Chade-Meng Tan (Google’s Jolly Good Fellow and author of Search Inside Yourself) is my inspiration for the new year.
With deep inner peace
Aspire daily to save the world.
But do not strive to achieve it.
Just do whatever comes naturally.
Because when aspiration is strong
And compassion blossoms,
Whatever comes naturally,
Is also the right thing to do.
The wise compassionate being,
Save the world while having fun.
Have a wonderful New Year filled with discovery, self kindness and fun!