2013: Year of Joy by Jacquelyn

What does 2013 hold for you?

Happy New Year! 2013 is going to be fantastic. Let’s just all agree on that, right now.

I wholeheartedly agree with Michelle’s blog about setting intentions rather than resolutions. Resolutions are based on the idea that we’re not good enough as we are, that we need to improve ourselves in order to be acceptable.

I say, we’re perfect right now!

Does that mean that we’re never bad tempered? That we never pig out on Dairy Milk? No! Well at least not in my case.

What it means to me is that we are as perfect and unique as we are interconnected. Our real challenge is to love and accept ourselves as we are. Once we learn how to do that, we’ll start to see changes in our choices, in our lives and in how we treat others.

Let’s not waste a fresh new year just treating the symptoms. For example, maybe you’re thinking about giving something up: coffee, cigarettes, fried food, chocolate, etc. Tackling our poor health choices is important but, if we think that the addictions are the problem, we’re probably not going deep enough.

This year, let’s go to the heart of the matter. Let’s go deep and figure out what we believe about ourselves. Do you believe that you are worth loving? Do you believe that your body is worth looking after? If you can’t truly say yes to these questions is it any surprise that you make occasional / repeated bad choices?

The problem with treating the symptoms is that we are often setting ourselves up for failure. If we don’t believe that we deserve better, the chances are that we’ll slip back and end up feeling like a failure even less worthy of love. If that cycle seems familiar, maybe it’s time for a change.

The last few years have shown me that when I do the internal work and start to see myself as someone to love and care for I begin to see changes in my behaviour. These changes feel natural rather than forced. I want to make better choices instead of struggling to deny myself something I crave.

On my yoga mat and on my meditation cushion, I learn to have more patience, more acceptance and more compassion for myself. So many teachers have told us to accept ourselves and begin as we are. That’s my invitation to you this year. Love yourself and see what happens. This time next year, you might find that your lifestyle and the choices you make, quite naturally and without effort, have changed beyond recognition.

My intention for this year is to find the joy in every moment. To remember as much as I can Thich Nhat Hanh’s words.

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. 

Find your joy and set your intention with me in class this week.

Love, jacquelyn

PS I’m super excited to be teaching two new Beginner Yoga series starting 14th January. Joy!

jacquelynMy schedule:

6.15 pm Flow Yoga ~ Wednesday

9.15 am Flow Yoga ~ Thursday and Friday

9.15 am Gentle Yoga ~ Sunday

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