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A Yoga-Inspired Approach to New Year Planning

Posted Dec 29 2008 4:37pm

Ever since I can remember, I've loved the time between Christmas and New Years. It seems that this sacred time is for slowing down and enjoying and is a nice change from the breakneck speed of holiday preparations. Just as I do every year, I welcome this time. It's my time to integrate all that has happ ened in my life over the past year and to consider how I want to live the next year of my life.

Around this time I get a flurry of emails talking about the importance of goal setting. The word achievement is bandied about as if it were the most important thing in the world -- and don't even get me started on all of the New Year's resolution talk. I chuckle to myself because while everyone else is planning to do more, I'm conspiring to do less. My thoughts on goal-setting have been captured perfectly in this interview with Zen Habits blogger and The Power of Less author Leo Babauta. I love what he says about eliminating the non-essential. I notice that when I used to choose goals they weren't truly essential -- they were simply accomplishments I felt I needed to work towards. This year I'm looking at things differently.

My yoga studies of late have addressed the topic of Dharma, so my plans for the year are going to take on a new meaning. It's more about what lights me up rather than what seems reasonable or practical. It's common for me to change course and move from one thing to the next rather quickly. In the past I viewed that as negative -- like I was quitting. Now I see it as being fluid and more in tune with who I am as a person. After all, I'm not stagnant but always changing. Doesn't it then make sense that my goals would follow suit? Yoga Journal has an excellent article that ties dharma to health. Before you think about sucking it up and sticking it out yet another year doing what you don't enjoy, read it.

And when you find yourself ready to make a change or you desire to plan simply for the coming year, check out Lululemon's free Goaltender site. It makes planning fun!

And the biggest question you should ask yourself as you look back on 2008 and ahead to 2009 -- what joy have your brought?

Namaste!

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