I was recently asked if I would share my thoughts as a counselor on the topic of New Years Resolutions. A local magazine editor wanted me to share with her readers tips on making (and keeping) New Years Resolutions. Even though I knew that my suggestion was likely not going to be what she was looking for, I went ahead anyway. I chose to talk about the concept of Mindfulness and how to live in the present moment. Here’s a brief insert of what I wrote:
My advice would be for people to relax and not get stressed about
having to write New Years Resolutions! There are new studies out about
the concept of “Mindfulness” and how it can be beneficial for our
health and well-being to let go of our need to plan, focus on and
attend to the future. Instead, it is healthy to take time to
experience and be aware of the present moment. This can be summed up
by the words of John Lennon “Life is what happens while you are busy
making other plans”. So instead of wishing others “Happy New Year
2009”, perhaps we should say “Meaningful Present Moments 2009”.
Readers, what do you think?