“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
– A.A. Milne
As I took the dog for a walk this morning it was overcast and damp and under the heavy blanket of cloud I could feel the collective sighs of the January blues on the wind. It’s a dark month. And we make it darker by implementing ‘resolutions’ that are sometimes just too punishing. In Chinese Medicine, winter is a time of yin, a time of hibernation, so snuggling up under a blanket in front of a fire should be something we look forward to. The Chinese believe that rest and nourishment in winter is vital if we want to go into spring with vigour.
And I intend to hibernate as much as possible this winter. I need energy to help run my busy acupuncture practice as well juggling the mum ‘thing’. But what about the rest of the year?
This year, I don’t want to set myself resolutions that could leave me feeling deflated. Plus, I am currently in a place I could have NEVER imagined this time last year. So, to help me along my 2015 journey, I’ve decided to set myself some intentions rather than resolutions.
I don’t normally share such personal information but I’ve decided to be brave in the hope that it’ll inspire you too.
- Believe – in myself, my abilities, that I can find peace
- Be brave – thank fear for reminding me that it’s here, then ask it to ‘move on please’
- Listen to my instinct – hear it, believe it.
- Forgive myself – stop trying to be the perfect mama, friend, size blah blah blah…
- Embrace the new – do something new as often as I can
- Look after myself – recognise what brings out the worst in me (tiredness, not enough ‘me time’ messy house etc) and make sure I work on those.
So, whatever you do and wherever you are right now I hope that you decide not to punish yourself in January. Go with the flow and accept that change is inevitable and that life is a wonderful and exciting journey.