‘our only security is our ability to change’ John C Lilly
Many of us put off caring for ourselves mind, body and soul at the end of the year as there is simply too much to do. Instead of hitting pause, we power through and then face the consequences of an inevitable burnout. This time of year should be focused on celebration and spending quality time with loved ones. However, being forced to use time off as overdue catch-up on recovery and rest is indicative of something inherently wrong with our professional culture. With increasing numbers of people struggling with the pressures of work in an uncertain job climate, burnout hijacks our personal goals. As Eckhart Tolle notes, ‘in today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being’.
So here are our top tips to help you with continuing resolutions and remembering the joy of being in 2022 -
1. Believe in your own worth. It may sound a bit cutesy, but many of us really struggle with taking time out practice the changes we want to see for ourselves. Spiritual teacher Ram Dass explains ‘it’s very hard to grow, because it’s difficult to let go of the models of ourselves in which we’ve invested so heavily’. It’s hard work, and if you don’t believe that you are worth the effort, then taking time for yourself in any capacity will never be a valid priority.
2. Examine your motives – ask yourself WHY you want the goal that you have set. A resolution centred around self-flagellation will never last. Examining the deeper reasons surrounding your goal will allow you to understand your true intentions and streamline your strategy.
3. Set yourself up for success by planning out your resolution to create habit through routine and reward. With consistency and intention, you can essentially rewire yourself to make the changes you want. Neuroscientist Dr Joe Dispenza attests ‘by beginning to mentally rehearse new ways of being, you start rewiring yourself neurologically to a new mind – and the more you can “re-mind” yourself, the more you’ll change your brain and your life’.
4. Be patient with yourself and others through practicing gratitude and acceptance. The notion of always wanting something else, always working towards the next thing fuels the egoic concept that we are in control of everything, perpetuating the narrative of “I’ll be happy when …”. Doing the work with what you already have is crucial to personal development. Put more concisely by Ram Dass: ‘as long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be, you can’t see how it is’.
5. Community is key. Endocrinology specialist Dr Zach Bush explains the importance of connection as ‘isolation is perhaps the singular root of all disease … it is impossible to start on a healing mission alone’. It’s common to feel lost and lonely on your personal journey, becoming weighed down by exhaustion and scepticism. Feeling part of something greater than yourself through being surrounded by likeminded souls gives us the powerful opportunity to find truth in ourselves through one another.
A resolution is not about trying to have what someone else has, nor trying to be someone you assume others want you to be. This is about being the best version of yourself through expanding your awareness and opening your heart to whatever changes the new year may bring. In the words of John C Lilly, the founding father of floating,
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