Happy New Year!
I have to say, I LOVE New Years Eve and the fact that it means something different for everyone. Whether it’s the parties, the food, the champagne, the sequins, or the excuse to have someone else do your hair – the anticipation for what’s to come gets everyone excited. There’s something about a new year that brings people together. Whether you’re standing under the stars watching the fireworks, doing the countdown at your favorite spot with your closest friends or cuddled up on the couch, watching everyone else freeze outside as the ball drops; Across the board, this time of the year makes you appreciate the people that make your life whole. It brings upon the sudden realization that the future is a reality and you finally start taking those moments to dream on the coming year. So I say, before you jump on that next goal, for this New Year, take a moment. Take a deep breath in, relax your shoulders, and exhale.
For some of us, the idea of calm and breathing and balance is a natural thing that exists from the moment we wake up, to the second we fall asleep. For the rest of us, an active breath has an allotted time slot in our busy schedules. We are consumed by our time constraints and our deadlines and instead of giving ourselves the balance that we crave, we’ve just decided, there aren’t enough hours in one day. We tend to focus so heavily on what’s next, scheduling some activity or errand for every minute of every day, leaving us barely enough time to sleep. Coincidentally, come January 1st, we give ourselves even higher expectations for the coming months. We set our goals and we plan our resolutions. For many of us, we hit the New Year running.
This New Year, 2013, I challenge you to give yourself a minute. Close your eyes and remember the year past. I’ve decided that the New Year is not just about new beginnings, but also about commemorating the past. Celebrate the big moments and smile on the small. Take a second to remember each one of those “worst days ever” and appreciate the strength you gained while overcoming those obstacles and moving forward. Admire your accomplishments and enjoy the fruits of your success! Maybe you touched your toes, ran that last mile just a little faster, fought through the fire in your legs during the hardest thigh set ever, or finally managed to get those feet straight up for your headstand, trembling and all. Take that moment. Make it yours. Breathe deep. And reward yourself for finishing the year stronger than you started.
AUTHOR: April Coutino