As we turn the page into a new year topics around change and new year resolutions naturally come to mind. I don’t know about you but in the past I have approached the New Year with the desire for fast and/or complete change in one or more areas of life. If foresight did not show me that this desire was doomed from the start, experience sure did! So I came to see that a different tactic for change and new year resolutions was needed for real change to occur and for resolutions with staying power.
The different tactic that I came to see as effective was one that included a broader consciousness and understanding of how our minds and bodies really work and how energy informs both. Energy is the vital force hat runs through our physical being. Knowing how to manage it is key to the stress that can act as a block to change. In addition, energy has consciousness and has a lot to do with our patterns, fears and blocks to change. When considering change of any kind we need understanding, as well as tools and techniques that address ALL of who we are.
Hidden requirements for change and new year resolutions
To start both change and new years resolutions can benefit from a quick peak into Jungian Psychology, Mythology, classic fairy tales and myths. These all suggest that we are each on a hero/heroine’s journey in our lives. The bulk of the story lines from all these sources is about the challenges faced on the journey to a desired goal and what the main character did that helped to develop or uncover that skill.
Our lives may seem less adventuresome in contrast with these stories and legends, however it is true that our lives at times are filled with drama, intense emotion, seemingly impossible tests and spine tingling cliff hangers triggered by confusion and “not knowing”.
One of the greatest unspoken fallacies about facing change and challenge is that we should have all we need to cope with adversity immediately, or that there is something wrong with us if we cannot rise to challenging circumstances with grit and grace NOW! A more realistic, accurate and compassionate view is that we have raw potential within and it is life’s difficulties that trigger the development of strength, courage, patience—or any other quality that we may feel is lacking!
A place to begin for change and new year resolutions
Take time to honestly assess where you are right now regarding the change you wish to bring about. What needs to be released as you enter into a time of shifting to this new habit or way of being? There is often some grief or sadness when we seek to move from one way of being to another.
What fears are blocking this change? This was spoken about earlier in this post in regards to the hero/heroine’s journey. You may not recognize these until you actually begin to implement changes. As they come up, welcome them with compassion as they are offering you a deep awareness of your needs that will stand you in good stead as you move forward.
Ask what is your true commitment to the quality of life that you wish to live.Often change become easier if seen within a larger context for life and living.
Integrate approaches that take into account stress and how our minds and bodies actually work. Deep relaxation helps to release the stress hormones that can work against us holding old patterns of coping in place. As mentioned before, there may be things that need to be released before you can successfully move forward with your desired changes. Our body-mind does not automatically release old sadness, fear or anger just because we have the idea that it is needed. Most of us find that we need to build the infrastructure into our nervous systems in order to release the past and that which we no longer need.
4 new approaches to help you with change and new year resolutions
- Fairy Tales as Guides to Self-Undertanding (meggella.com)