The beginning of a New Year is often about resolutions, or what we swear we will do
(lose weight, get healthy, ride bike more, spend time with family, write my memoir?) during this coming year. Yet, it also often directs us to look back on the the past, "old" one.
This past year has been a blur of experiences for me, one of the most positive being the opening, and growing, of our studio, Jim Thorpe Yoga! I also lost my mother at the beginning of the summer, the most difficult experience of my life.
Many times, as we look back our past, we too often remember the painful experiences that we've experienced. When we talk about past relationships or jobs, it's usually to mention what we "couldn't stand" about that person or that company. In the news, they also seem to focus on the negative - all the mass shootings or insane wardrobe choices made by such-and-such celebrity. Why do we focus on the negative?
Instead, let's turn our awareness to what has been exceptional in our lives, in the past, and in the present... In the past year, I've been able to meet many amazing new faces as new students come to the studio for the first time. I've also experienced the joy of starting something from nothing and seeing it grow. I've had relationships grow even deeper because I now have more time to devote to my loved ones. I've had the opportunity to spend yet another year with my
family, my brother and sister, Alex and Clarissa. I also enjoy a daily yoga practice in which I am able to connect deeper with my body and spirit, and I have the opportunity to study with amazing teachers like Holly Walck and Joan White. I feel blessed to have been given this year.
As you look forward and plan your resolutions for this coming new year, remember to look back on the one that is passing. Remember to look fondly on the positive things in your life. What are your blessings? What have you been given?
Here's to the New Year . . . and to remembering the old one.
Hi! I'm Maya!
A yoga teacher, juice bar owner, freelance writer and mom. I love simple, tiny living, and am mildly obsessed with vanlife and dogs. I love travel, getting outside, and the challenge of cooking from scratch with a few simple ingredients. Thanks for visiting my site. Feel free to email me with questions, feedback, or to connect in any way!