The inception of the new year for many people includes resolutions–commitments to change an aspect of life in the upcoming year. Many resolutions involve changes which support the physical body such as losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising but what about a resolution to support the soul or spiritual body? Before we try to commit to resolutions that encourage change of the physical, we should support change of the spiritual–the very essence of our beings.
A spiritual resolution can be something that helps support the soul and our connection to God/Divine/Universe/The Light. You may want to start with something simple like going for a walk by yourself outside a couple of times a week. This will allow you see, hear, and feel Divine creation all around you. Listening to the birds or the rustling of the wind through the trees can be very grounding. I like to walk along the ocean in Seaside Park. Breathing in the salt air and feeling the sand under my feet is both cleansing and healing for me. A walk in nature will allow you to disconnect yourself from chaos and stress and reconnect with your soul.
Maybe you can commit yourself to meditation a couple of times a week. Although this seems minor, it can do wonders for the soul. Meditation allows us to tune out the Earth and tune into our souls. It is one way to help our souls grow and evolve. If basic meditation is difficult at first, you may want to try contemplative prayer as a starter step. You can also use a guided mediation on CD. If you have a healing center close to you, it might be a good idea to participate in a monthly guided meditation. I do this once a month at my office and we have a consistent group of people who attend. It is their time to shut out everyone else and focus on themselves and their connections with the Universe.
If you’re affiliated with a particular religion, you may resolve yourself to attend religious services on a regular basis, if you’re not in the habit of doing so regularly. For some people, attending services helps keep them on an organized routine with spiritual practice. This is another way to support the soul and a deep connection with the Divine.
You may want to take a more indirect approach to self-development such as volunteering to help those who are sick, home-bound, or homeless can be a soul-nurturing experience. You can do this for people and for animals, as well. Committing to Serving others on a regular basis helps us understand compassion and can be deeply healing for our souls and those we serve.
Perhaps instead of resolving to lose weight, you might commit to truly loving and accepting yourself this year, so you do not need to carry that extra weight to protect yourself anymore. Instead of saying that you will eat better and exercise this year, maybe you will see yourself as an extension of Divine light and value the fact that you deserve time for yourself. This year commit to development of your soul! If you do, I can promise, you’ll see a deep change in yourself that extends beyond the physical. I wish everyone a magnificent New Year full of deep love and brilliant light.
Love and light,