Welcome to a brand-spanking New Year!
Every day this month we'll have a new challenge hand-picked to assist you on your path to a Shinier, Sparklier, Healthier, Happier and Even More Attractive YOU.
Now here's the deal with resolutions: more than half of us make them every January 1st. Most of us make the same ones every year: lose weight, quit (x), start (y).When we are specific, nearly half of us are still at it 6 months later, compared to the lousy 4% crowd who merely thought generally about self-improvement. Door Number Two has lofty goals for you, but with tiny achievable daily objectives and lots of choices. Y
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Roll up your sleeves and let's dive in with RESOLUTION ONE:
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.Tons of spiritual traditions involve a ritual wash to start new efforts. This ranges from an early morning handwashing to begin the day to an immersion in a body of water to cleanse the soul. Live the metaphor of a fresh start by preparing a ceremonial cleanse for the first day of your new year.
Before you get wet, spend a few minutes contemplating what you are releasing from the last year. (Extra credit: rite it down!) Take some nice, calm breaths and prepare yourself for a fresh start. Imagine the water as your alchemical assistant in the process.
Here's some choices:
Take a sauna.
Prepare a wonderful bath. Consider candles, a balancing salt additive-- whatever floats your boat.
Soak and cleanse your feet, then love them up with some lotion and cozy socks.
Wash your face, with intention and kindness, as a mother might wash that of a child she loves.
Wash your hands, slowly and carefully, and think of the hands in your life that have brought you to this new year.
Related link: Lisa Wells, Yogi of Live Well Studios, has a nice blog on yogic skin care here.
Quote of the day:
"Sorrow can be alleviated with good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine." ~St. Thomas Aquinas
Happy new beginnings!
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