As I sit here and ponder 2018 I filled with many emotions. It was a year of so many shifts and changes. I sold my half of my business, moved into a new home, and married my best friend just to name a few. This year has been filled with many ups and downs. It has very much felt like I have been a roller coaster ride. At times feeling almost high and other times feeling so down that I feel like I can’t even move. I know each of these experiences have forced me to grow in ways I wasn’t even aware of and for that I am grateful.
One of the greatest lessons I can take from each of these experiences is to remember, nothing lasts forever, change is inevitable. Kindness always wins, and that true friendships are revealed during the rough patches. Value these people they will keep you going. To appreciate the good times, to not take them for granted, and that rough patches are only temporary. I personally find this very difficult. When I am in the upswing to remember to slow down and savor it, and when life is throwing me a curve, to not get to down and caught up in the drama. I find this is all so easy to write about, to talk about, but when it comes down to acting on it, I struggle just like anyone else.
Some of the things I know that help, Breathe. Meditate. And Move. It seems so simple. However, I know as well as most, it is isn’t. When I am in a low spot all I want to do is sleep, lye around watch tv, and eat sugary foods. None of which in excess are helpful. I think to avoid these pitfalls making breathing and meditation a daily habit is essential. I wouldn’t walk out of my house without brushing my teeth, so why should I walk out of my house without getting my head in the right space?
I started to think. What if everyone got themselves centered before they started their day. What would be possible? I think many people would find themselves less reactive, kinder, more thoughtful, and more productive. As these are the results that have been proven over and over again through research on the effects of breathing and meditation. For me I want to live from this space. I want to show up in the world from a place of kindness and thoughtfulness. One thing I am not proud of in 2018 is that I did not do this every day. I talk often about it, and some days I am good about starting my day off with breath-work and meditation but many days I did not. I’m not criticizing myself, just being honest, but I know for 2019 I want to be more committed to it. I want to be committed to meditation and breath-work daily, even if it might only be for 5 minutes. I want to listen more, react less, and love big!