– Mahatma Gandhi
New Years resolutions are upon us. Some of us no longer sit down and write them out or even give them much thought. Too many times we have been resolute on New Years Day, only to see our determination fade just weeks later.
How do we stick to the changes we want to make within ourselves?
When we have a habit that is tenacious, we build up our determination to overcome it. But through yoga I have realized that determination alone may not be sustainable. It turns into an inner war that zaps your energy quickly.
Thich Nhat Hanh says “Peace is every step.” This implies that we need to be conscious, aware and vigilant each and every moment. It is this awareness in the present moment that leads to skillful action, which leads to sustainable change.
Harnessing your mind into the present is meditation, and leads to renewable energy for your body, mind and soul. Every moment you can shift personal characteristics that have haunted you your entire life, you lift a cloud from your heart and begin to tap into immeasurable and infinite joy that resides in your soul.
Whenever you remember, gently call your mind back to your breath and your body sensations. This recruits all the facets of your being into the here and now. It’s an enduring methodology for the inner change that leads to change in the world.