Mapping 2019: how to set soul-aligned goals for genuine breakthrough

It seems like only yesterday you were basking under a hot summer sun after swimming at the beach. Or sitting on your back porch reading on a warm August night. Time slowed down. You felt so good.

Now, here you are. The temperature has dropped several degrees. Booties are covering your non-pedicured toes. You’ve got a warm cup of tea in your hand and your wearing your coziest bulky sweater. You’re feeling as hygge as you get.

Suddenly it hits you. It is now 2019. That sweater doesn’t feel as comfy anymore. Despite it being ten sizes too big, you feel everything around and within you tighten. That tea you were enjoying moments earlier is now cold. You quickly respond to this feeling by deciding that you need to make your 2019 plan. Stat.

Not only do I have what you need to make said plan, but I also have what you need to feel loose in that sweater and give the best gift of all this year: Your beautiful presence.

Read on for how to savor it all.

Before you start trying to figure out what you’ll have accomplished by this time next year, take a minute to slow down and breathe.

 

You wouldn’t want your mechanic putting your winter tires on while he’s feeling rushed, stressed, and doing 10 other things at once; you make an appointment knowing that he’ll be taking his time and focusing on nothing else but your car. One tire at a time. It’s intentional and efficient.

Be like your car mechanic. Start by making an appointment when you’ll be creating your initial 2019 plan. You’ll need to set aside some intentional time for this task. I usually break it up over the course of a few days allowing myself som oh yeah moments to remember things I’d like to integrate into the next season.

Show up.

Show up for yourself and finish this task. Set a reminder or put it in your phone to remind you to reflect and plan.

Have what you need: favorite pen, paper, good music, a pot of chai tea, and your calendar.

Take a minute to breathe before you start. Clear minded after sitting and breathing, pour that chai, and get to work. .

Take a step back before getting ahead.

You’re excited to put down on paper a long list of goals that make you feel good now but burnt out by mid-February. So we’re not going to do it as you normally would in 2019, ok?

Before you look ahead, root your feet firmly into the floor, sit up straight, and acknowledge where you are right now. You are not behind by any means. You’re where you are and that’s where you should be. 

Let’s take a look back.  Check out last week’s post before charging full speed ahead.  

Resist the urge to rush through this exercise. Review your answers. Let them sink in. Smile. Laugh. And if tears come, let them. Chances are they are simply a sea of gratitude. So many amazing things happen every day.  

Lean into the future.

With your heart full and your soul calm it’s time to lean into the future. To do this, imagine yourself one year from now or at the end of 2019. Ask yourself:

        1. What will you be most proud of having experienced, learned, contributed, accomplished, started, or stopped in 2019?

       

       

 

        1. What memorable moments will you have created?

       

       

 

        1. Who will be part of your soul tribe?

       

       

 

        1. What will you be celebrating about who you have become?

       

       

 

 Capture anything and everything that comes up. Make a list of all the ideas, goals, and projects that you want to focus on. Write yours. Then do this next step: choose your top three items. Max.

PC Jacki Carr

Stop the hurry with this simple, heart-centered yoga

Hello wonderful people.  I hope this finds you well.  As we head into the especially busy season of the year, I wanted to put together a practice for myself that would feel accessible even on crazy days.  I thought maybe you all would enjoy it as well.

Remember, even little bits of yoga add up and have benefits of lowered stress, feeling calmer, and allow space for authentic joy and appreciation in our lives.  Let me know how you are doing with your practice and how I can support you.

You can practice these asanas individually or in a sequence.  Let’s get started.

1. Breathe.

I always start with my breathe when I feel busy or overwhelmed.  It is always with me and I find myself unconsciously taking a deep breath all day long.  My boys have started doing it as well.  So cute!

The easiest method to use in any situation is simply learning to slow down your breath.  Inhale to the count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale to the count of 4, hold for a count of 4, repeat. Over time, you can play around with increasing the count. Practicing controlling your breath will help calm your nervous system, relax your body, and quiet your mind.

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Before you get out of bed, take a few moments to find a happy baby or a reclined cobblers pose.  I especially love Happy Baby to start the day. It’s a good reminder to go out into the world feeling playful, happy, and in touch with your inner child.

Reclining Cobblers Pose

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3. Forward Fold.

Whether we spend most of our day seated or on our feet, we can all use a little stretch, a little release of the lower back, and a lengthening of our hamstrings. Take a few short breaks each day to stretch and release physical tension. Standing up with your feet flat on the ground, just fold forward as far as you can, bringing your hands down to the ground, to your shins, or to a block. Allow some bend in your knees if you prefer.  You can even rest your forehead on your knees, giving yourself a little nervous system reset.

4. Savasana.

On the days when I skip my mat, I always say, “Well, at least I practiced Savasana in bed.”  When I go to bed, instead of just getting into my usual position for sleeping, I get into Savasana.

To try this, lie flat on your back, allow your arms and legs to extend and relax. Breathe deeply at first, and then forget about your breathingSurrender. Feel as if you are melting into your bed. Dissolving. You might fall asleep. Give yourself a few minutes here before switching your brain to sleep mode.

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5. Live your practice.

Yoga isn’t just about the movements or breath. It’s what we learn on the mat. The lessons of strength, focus, perseverance, awareness, self-acceptance ultimately take us into our lives.  When you feel too busy to hit the mat, consider one lesson you’ve learned on the mat and challenge yourself to carry what you learned off the mat and into your day.

Regardless of how busy you are, you can always choose to live your life in a way that reflects the principles and purpose of yoga. In that way, you are weaving yoga into your daily life.

As we barrel towards 2019, what are your yoga goals? What feelings do you want to grab a hold of with both hands next year? And how about today? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email.

Namaste my friends.  Take care of yourself in this season.