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Some of us are all about New Year’s resolutions - while others believe that every day is an opportunity to live a dream, fulfill a goal, and be resolute.
Unfortunately, most people will tell you that resolutions are about changing something for the month of January, while going back to business as usual for the rest of the year.
January has just begun. And this year will be different.
The failure of most New Year’s resolutions may have to do with direction.
Think about it. Without our smartphones or GPS, we would need to use a paper map and maybe even a compass in order to make travel worthwhile. Otherwise, we may follow street signs and hearsay, without any real idea of where we are on the map.
Many spiritual practices, both old and new, will talk about direction, or pillars.
Wisdom is not limited to any one culture. In fact, if you do a little investigation, you will find that philosophical and spiritual practices worldwide tell similar stories and give similar advice.
Get out a piece of paper and map out your directions.
Below are four common pillars or directions that can support your Body Ecology resolution:
1. Get good sleep, relax, and rest. Lack of sleep or an irregular sleep pattern can create physiological stress and generate enough tension in the body to thwart anyone’s good intentions. Learning relaxation techniques can help you to create calm in any moment. Both rest and relaxation make follow-through more likely.
2. Eat well. While diet may be a part of your New Year’s resolution, keep in mind that diet modifications are easier to stick to when you eat foods that feel good in your body. This means making food a tasty and rewarding experience, even if you have removed most sugars from your diet. This also means keeping your blood sugar in balance by eating moderately throughout the day. Eating well benefits body, mind, and emotions. When you eat well, you will feel the difference!
3. Move and have fun. Movement is action, which is necessary for anything to get done. Movement also helps to restore the immune system and to repair cells. Believe or not, the same is true about having fun! So do both: move and have fun.
4. Think. Consciously. And with awareness. Thought is not always about being in the mind. Thought can support complete body awareness when you are actively engaged with your thoughts. How many times have you caught yourself running a repetitive, unproductive thought? We all have them. The ability to observe these thoughts and to create new thoughts can have a profound affect on not only your goals but also on your total wellbeing.
Many of us who eat according to the Body Ecology Diet do so because it makes us happy.
With the Body Ecology Diet, we are able to manage conditions that most doctors treat with prescription medication. Common conditions like:
With all the convenience foods, advertisements, and restaurants, it can be a lot of work to eat according to principles that best suit you.
Understanding that the Body Ecology Diet is way of eating and a way of living is a part of thinking consciously and with awareness. This is a great way to welcome 2012!
Are you already losing motivation to stick with your New Year's resolution this year? Making changes in your life is only possible with a plan of action and clear direction.
To support your Body Ecology resolutions for the rest of the year, we encourage you to:
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