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New Year's Resolutions
Member Name: dawnymarie
New Year's Resolutions
Date: 03/01/12, updated on 03/01/12 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Works for me
A resolution is an interesting concept. Challenge yourself to develop the willpower to maintain a commitment. Until a few years ago I may have whimsically put forward two or three aspects in my life that I would like to change - attempted to stick at it for a couple of days and then leave it until the next new year arrived in order to try again. Basically I took it with a pinch of salt and lacked motivation or willpower. Something changed and now resolutions that are made anytime are maintained successfully...
I discovered Kundalini Yoga when my health was challenged by illness. I was faced with limitations and restrictions which affected many aspects of my life and changed it as I knew it. Initially I was frustrated and tried to fight back - then I accepted it and worked with it and things became easier. I am now thankful for the experience as without it I would not have Kundalini Yoga in my life - it makes a huge difference. Willpower is incredibly strong when practicing daily.
I don't need to make resolutions one day every year and hope that I can stick to them. I made the choice to become 'me' when I began my yoga practice. After years of trying to meet others expectations and please others I learned that I am not here for that reason. I realised that I needed to assert myself more and say 'no' more often. Instead of reacting to situations I learned to respond - the difference being that I take my time and remain calm rather than promptly reacting and regretting it later on. I eat only what my body needs and not what my eyes desire. I became vegan because it makes me happy - others think I am being awkward at times but it is my choice and a lifetime commitment. I have stopped trying to control life and now I 'go with the flow' - it is so liberating to realise that you cannot control anything so why bother. This is not to say that I am not organised as I am but I do not get stressed about anything anymore as it just does not matter - what will be will be.
I live by my commitments all year round and what do I get out of it? I am content and happy. It seems incredible that by practicing yoga (Kundalini Yoga) life could change so much - it really has. I am calm which enables me to respond to situations the best that I can - emotions will always be aroused occasionally as I'm only human but the way I respond is entirely different. I have increased energy levels which benefits my recovery greatly - I appreciate that so much. Choices that I make daily are with good intentions and it really is effortless - it comes naturally. I do not feel like I am wanting or needing anything as I am perfectly happy with what I have - though I accept gifts graciously. I used to be on the go all of the time - always busy and very proactive. It may seem bizarre but I did not know how to relax and my breathing was from entirely the wrong place. In essence by body put the brakes on and I had no choice but to stop and listen - I'm glad I did as I am now in a much better place and for the first time in a long time I am incredibly happy.
My commitment/resolution is a permanent one - a daily practice of Kundalini Yoga. This is easy to maintain as the benefits are extensive for mind/body/spirit. Power and strength are developed physically and mentally and willpower is impressive. I wanted to be 'me' and not who everyone else wanted me to be - with the practice of Kundalini Yoga that has been easily achieved. I am calm yet energised. Happy and content.
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