Raise your hand if you find it hard to get out of your warm bed to brave the cold morning air.
(Raising both hands!)
I mean, it’s not blizzard conditions, but it’s cold enough for us Georgians for sure.
Last week we talked about how people have already started quitting on their resolutions.
It occurred to me that in addition to trying to do too much, this may also happen because we are out of sync with the natural rhythm of nature and really, ourselves.
Although we celebrate the New Year in January, January doesn’t feel all that new.
Everything is still dormant and hibernating.
And it’s cold. (Did I mention that already?)
Doesn’t mid-March sound like a better time to start a New Year? (I will make that suggestion to the powers that be.)
Despite what the rest of the world is doing, it’s important to get in harmony with the natural world and your inner Self.
Here are my recommendations to keep your mind, body & spirit aligned this winter:
December – February
Focus on family togetherness. Make time for friends. Put extra effort and planning into date nights and intimate time with your spouse or significant other. Decide to put aside small disagreements and exist cooperatively. Start building micro-habits that can snowball the rest of the year. (Pun intended.)
Concentrate on functional body weight exercises that build strength & flexibility in your core and joints. Focus your efforts on nourishing your body with warm winter foods, supplements and hot herbal teas. The nights are longer in winter for a reason! Get in more sleep each night and take naps as often as you can.
Relish in relaxation and comfort. Build longer meditation/prayer periods that focus on gratitude. Remember that all things work in your favor even when it doesn’t feel like it. Contemplate and ask for guidance about any calling on your life that you’ve set aside because of fear.
These efforts will not only help you stay in alignment in the current season, but will also increase your peace of mind and prepare you for the year ahead.