2016: A Year of Awareness

The ringing in of a new year often brings new desires, goals, dedications, and hobbies. These tend to include gym goals, picking up a de-stressing activity… simply improving our current state. What better time to start than the beginning of a new year? I often see posts and comments belittling people who want to try going to the gym, or who start new hobbies or begin with new outlooks. But why belittle someone who is trying to work on themselves? As humans we share the common experience of living, of aspiring to be better, do better, and live better. It does not matter if that means creating a new year’s resolution. It does not matter when it takes place. We should support one another and encourage self development. On that note, I encourage you to start your new year with an intention and a mantra.

I am calling 2016 my year of awareness. In order to achieve happiness, we must understand true awareness and our true self. Happiness is not something that we should aspire to, but something we come to understand is within ourselves. Constantly searching for happiness already instills the idea that happiness is outside of ourselves. In reality, happiness is contained in each of our bodies, each of our souls… We radiate happiness within us and to the outside world. Sometimes, it just gets lost within ourselves.

Awareness is knowing this. Awareness is understanding that happiness is real, it exists, and it exists within ourselves. Do not look to material things, to others, and to outside elements to bring you happiness. Remember, we carry happiness within ourselves, it just may take us a while to find it within us.

I want to focus on awareness this year because it will help me discover the inner light of happiness that sometimes dims within me. I want to be aware of my actions, attitudes, and perspectives. I want to reflect on my actions in order to treat people better. I want to reflect on my actions in order to be better. I want to reflect on my actions in order to better understand myself. By being aware, I am close to understanding and accepting the happiness within myself. When I understand my happiness, I can help others understand their happiness as well. We must be okay with ourselves in order to help others.

Ring in the new year with a positive intention, and follow through with a mantra. My mantra is: I am truly alive when I am truly aware. First, develop your 2016 intention. What do you want to accomplish? Is there something in particular you want to work on? What do you want to improve on? You can choose a specific goal, or think about something more broad, such as understanding happiness. Once you decide your intention, follow through with a mantra. This will help you reinforce your goal and reflect on it. If your goal is understanding happiness, your mantra might be: I radiate light, happiness is within me. Use this mantra for meditation and daily reflection. Use it as a guide for daily journal reflection. I hope this helps!

Working on Your Happiness: Understanding the Law of Attraction

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I stumbled along this chart on Pinterest, via shelleyhobbs.com

You are in control of your life.

Something we all struggle with is letting negative things affect our thoughts, actions, and decisions. Not only does it affect our inner psyche, but it also affects our body. Do you start jerking your leg nervously, do you start feeling sick, does the stress give you a headache? Whatever the situation is, whether its relationship problems, work problems, or an argument with a friend, we have to step back and understand where these feelings come from.

I’m sure you have heard of Newton’s Law of Attraction. In congruence with that, the third law of motion states “for every action there is a reaction.” What does that tell us? The way you behave and act after a negative situation has a consequence. So what? Is that person gonna do something horrible to me?! NO. What I interpret that law to tell us, is that you should heed with warning. If you are going to act negative, sad, or angry because of the situation, it will affect your body. It will affect your state of mind. It is hard to separate a negative experience from your emotions, but I challenge you today to rethink your anger and sadness.

As this chart states, “I am 100% responsible for my life. Everything I experience is a reflection of me. I attract the good, the bad, and the indifferent through my subconscious positive and negative thoughts.”

We need to rethink feelings and experiences, placing responsibility on ourselves. I know we hate placing responsibility on ourselves. I get it. But think about how that can help you realign your body, mind, and soul with positive energy. I attract the energy that surrounds me. If someone wants to get in an argument, do not entertain it. Put out positivity, understanding, and care into the world. Show them that you do not want to argue. It’s hard to separate pride, the desire to be right. But we need to realize that it isn’t so much about who is right and wrong, but what energy we want to reflect and give to the world. Let’s make this world better.

Realign how you think about situations, arguments, sadness. As this image says, “Are you attracting the life you want, or a life of worry and frustration?”