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It’s that time of year again! The time to be pondering goals in the New Year during or after the holidays in the summer of Melbourne. It’s a time of carefree splendour, reflections, introspection, and setting out on a new journey or staying on the same path.

Personally, for me, this year has started out with practising Vipassana Meditation after completing a ten-day retreat. It literally changed my life as I do feel different on the inside. I am less angry, less reactive to stressful situations, more reflective about my identity and who I want to be, disciplined, and purely motivated to become a better person that is more loving, compassionate, tolerant, and understanding of others in spite of conflict and challenges.

Yes, it is that time of year again.

It’s also a time to spend more hours with your family and friends. It’s time to be in nature, time to get out in the sun or fresh air.

It’s the moment to focus on your physical and mental tensions and address them head-on by debriefing with supportive people. Focus on any changes you need to make based on challenges of the past year. You have the ability to address issues when you have a time-out (to ponder) during the holidays. Make the most of the time. Use it constructively.

TIPS for your New Year.

  • Be active (you might need to forget the diet during celebratory times).
  • Write down any fear or worries and read them out several times. Revisit your list a week later and reread it. You’ll find that you’ve somewhat detached from the emotions generated from the list. You’re not so caught up in the thoughts, as your objectivity increases.
  • Create a New Year’s Resolution which is a goal you’ve set for the new year. What small steps can you take to achieve your goal?
  • Sit with your feelings and acknowledge them. Have a cry if you need to. Get your feelings off your chest. What physical sensations do you get? Just observe and be aware of these emotions and physical sensations. Self-awareness and detachment is the key to living a better life.
  • Consider attending a Vipassana Meditation Retreat if you feel emotionally resilient. You might have the desire to react less to stressful circumstances and express more love, understanding, and compassion. It’s a challenge but if you’d like to get to know yourself better, this is the time to better yourself. Read my previous blog post about the challenges and benefits of the Meditation Retreat to make an informed decision. Here’s the link:
  • Rather than reacting so easily to a situation, stop and notice your physical reaction. What’s happening in your body? Is there tension in your chest? Do you feel light-headed? Is your back tingling? Just be aware of the sensation and think of using nice and tactful words (your sensation tells you how you feel and causes you to react towards someone) rather than blowing up with anger and aggression. When you simply notice your physical sensation objectively, the sensation reduces its power. Take a step back and think before you speak or react.

To sum up this post, my New Year’s Resolution is to become a better person holistically so that I can react less and have more tolerance and detachment to stressful circumstances. My step towards that path is to meditate every morning and evening (evenings are sometimes difficult but when I can, I do meditate in the evenings) for 45 minutes to one hour. I feel that the time I spend meditating is helping me to focus on me so that I can live a more joyous and spiritual life. Are you with me??