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New Year, New Beginnings

Posted By Cheryl Terrace On February 4, 2013 @ 11:29 am In Green Living, Personal Growth | No Comments


It’s hard to believe that it was only a few weeks ago that we were contemplating the end of the world [2]. Not only did we survive the apocalypse, we survived the holidays!

Now the conversation is all about ‘New Year = New You!’ and making huge life changes now!

I prefer to work with the earth’s gentle cycles as my guide. For me, the winter season [3] is for hibernation and quiet contemplation … a time to go deep ‘inside.’ It is a time for rest (with so many hours of darkness) and for reflection, a perfect time to tap into dreams and journal.

When we attune ourselves with the seasons, we allow our inherent natural rhythms to flow, which are easy to follow and feel good about. In winter, my body craves warmth, which I honor. (For instance, I never juice cleanse in cold weather.) Warm soups [4] and fires nourish me inside and out. Lots of layering in soft flannels and cashmere create a feel-good-cozy-comfort in both myself and my home. Even the dining table is outfitted in an extra layer with a beautiful textured runner. Warm, welcoming energy is abundant, in my home … and heart.

Whatever New Year you celebrate (Gregorian, Chinese, lunar, solar or other), there are many opportunities to renew, refresh and revitalize. Listen to your inner wisdom to create your personal winter wellness recipe [5], one that you’ll stick with! You’ll see yourself — and your home [6] — in a new extraordinary and loving light.

Positive intention is key to manifesting change. My ‘Earth Renewal Program’ begins every day at dawn. Every morning I begin again by sitting down to meditate with gratitude [7] and set my intentions — fleeting as they may be. Love and happiness are so much more powerful than guilt and remorse, so strive to attune instead of atone.

Here’s to your best year!

Warm home blessings,

~ Cheryl

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[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/new-year1.jpg

[2] end of the world: http://life.gaiam.com/article/2012-doomsday-science-or-superstition

[3] winter season: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/yoga-for-all-seasons-winter/

[4] Warm soups: http://life.gaiam.com/article/warming-winter-soups

[5] winter wellness recipe: http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-stay-healthy-happy-fit-winter

[6] your home: http://www.gaiam.com/home-goods/1010000,default,sc.html?code=WG137SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[7] meditate with gratitude: http://www.gaiam.com/wellness/meditation/5010500,default,sc.html?code=WG137SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

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