After giving this topic a great deal of thought and reading what other people do at this time of year, I came across a lovely practice shared by yoga instructor, Carol Dearborn, RYT. I was given permission to re blog this by Sarahbeth, who posted the article on caregiving.com. I suspect Mo will approve. Here it is:
KEEP IT SIMPLE
RELEASE one thing that is not making you happy/or will help to reach a goal:
Want to lose those extra holiday pounds, give up soda, dessert, or alcohol.
Anger or frustration, release into the wing, again and again.
Worried over a situation or outcome that is out of your control, let it go, release it from your mind, again and again.
RECEIVE, finding gratitude in your life; simple pleasures:
To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter.
To be thrilled by the stars at night.
To be elated over a bird's nest or wildflower in the spring.
Living in New England at the start of a new season, I ask my students what they would like to release and receive at this time of change; so we revisit this question throughout the year as part of our Seasonal Living.
Seasonal living is not a new concept, but practiced for years. We got up when it was light, went to bed when it's dark, ate local produce when it was in season. However, today we can shop, eat, and bank in front of our computers and electric light continues through the night disrupting balanced energy flowing through the body that equates to perfect health.
Winter is officially started on the 21st of December, but everyone is too busy with the holidays to make a serious start to living winter energy, the capacity to withdraw, repair, and rejuvenate.
Good nutrition is an essential part of our winter routine because the body needs good, hearty, hot foods in order to keep itself warm, the wrost time to diet and it's the time that magazines and media promote.
In short, eat properly by simmering stews, warming soups, roasted root vegetables and warm drinks such as green, ginger, or jasmine tea. Add basil and black pepper to increase the warming effect, or the use of pungent spices such as garlic, ginger and cloves. Hot water is good as it flushes the kidneys and cleanses the system.
Embrace the season, find beauty in day, sun on your face, cool breeze in the air... to be alive.
By Carol Dearborn, RYT
To read the entire blog post, go to http://www.caregiving.com/2017/01/in-with-the-new/