As you begin to create and commit to choosing actions for your New Year's Intentions, choose aligned actions based on where you are now and what you can realistically commit to weekly. You want to be able to close your eyes and visualize yourself taking these actions continually over the next 6 months. What is the most important continual action you want to take first?
For my overall health, the most important to me is yoga. I took a self-evaluation of where I am currently with regard to yoga. This past year I practiced five to six times a week in a class for 60 minutes at 6:30am. The last couple months I had some hurdles. I personally sprained my ankle and professionally started a new position at work that is a greater time commitment. Physically, I am not able to do the same poses I was able to do two months ago. Time wise, I do not have the same flexibility in my time to take yoga classes every morning. I need to look at these obstacles realistically and not choose actions based on where I was 6 months ago; rather, I must consciously choose actions from where I am now and where I would like to go. With this in mind, I created an action step to practice yoga continually that I can visualize and feels realistic to me: Practice yoga for 60 minutes twice during the week in a class or on my own.
Before committing to the action, I close my eyes, and visualize. Can I picture myself doing this action? Where am I? What time is it? Am I with people? If I can picture this clearly, I am on the right track. I can picture myself rolling out my mat at home weekly in the morning with a candle and slowly stretching with some light music. I can picture myself taking a group class on certain days and enjoying the sense of community. I picture my muscles stretching and myself breathing more fully.
Now, how do I feel as I visualize myself doing yoga? Is there a sense of joy with this visualization? If the continual action step feels like a 'should' (i.e. I should get back in shape) or to please other people (i.e. I should do yoga because I get more compliments), then it is time to take a moment and re-evaluate.
Is this something for the highest good? The highest good is not a 'should.' A should has lower vibrational energy. You want to choose something that is a high vibe intention and action. This is an action that will bring you into greater joy and vibrancy and alignment.
I close my eyes as I visualize myself on my mat and I feel lighter and more expansive in my energy. There is something propelling me to move now as I imagine the smell of a french vanilla candle, the sound of John Mayer in the background, the touch of my hands firmly pressing on the squishy mat, the feel of my body lengthening in downward dog, the sensation of my tongue resting on my mouth as a I evenly inhale and exhale, and the sight of my spacious and clean living room. Hahhhh, ultimately, there is a sense of ease in this visualization.
The final question is, am I ready to make this commitment now? I allow space and release judgment for the possibility that I am not quite ready. I allow it to be.
In this case, I hear a resounding, YES. I feel inspired to take this action now. It feels aligned with my optimal health intention. It feels realistic. I can see myself taking these actions from where I am today. It feels self-honoring to me. I see myself taking these actions for my highest good. It feels joyful as I visualize all the senses in action. When all of these are in play, I am setting myself up for success to commit to a continual inspired action for my highest good.
I look forward to hearing about your highest good action steps for the New Year 2016!
Congratulations BraveHeart Women on a successful 2015 and cheers to great possibilities ahead in 2016 with high vibe intentions and actions!