It's been several weeks since I have last written, and I am eager to share with you what I have been up to. Like many of you, I imagine, I have engaged in a different work rhythm, family gatherings, and taking note of the past and coming year. It's been quite a full schedule!
Whether it's part of your tradition or not, we are all getting prompted by news, social media, and more to take a close look at the year that has passed and make some decisions and/or resolutions for the year ahead. There's great value in this practice--when done mindfully.
Mindfully reviewing the past year means meeting the painful memories with compassion, rejoicing in the happy moments, and embracing every bit of change made towards a healthier, more truthful, and authentic you. An unmindful review looks a lot like self-beating over every single thing you seemingly did wrong or failed at and denying what actually occurred.
Likewise, mindfully preparing for the year aheaddoes not mean enforcing new restrictions on yourself in order to squeeze into that size 8 skirt or that new fitted T-shirt. Nor does it mean badgering yourself senselessly to meditate once a day for the upcoming 365 days of 2016.
It does, however, mean listening deeply to your heartfelt desire, honoring it as well as your dreams, aspirations, and hopes. It means honestly accepting who you truly are--a perfect, whole, and precious being.
As always, know that I would be honored to join in celebrating you and making room to examine, welcome, and embrace all the parts of you that may feel less-than, hurt, or unmet in some way. This is true mindfulness. May it support us to gracefully move through another year.
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
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Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.