1) Making a real effort to not be as lost in thinking and spend more time hanging out in the awareness of breathing, hearing, sensing (my life as it is in this moment).
2) Trusting that even if I allow myself to spend more time hanging out in the awareness of breathing, hearing, sensing (being present)- my house will not cave in and I will still get done everything I need to get done and my life will only continue to expand and improve.
3) Catching myself when lost in habitual, non-constructive thinking and making the effort to return my focus back to breathing in and breathing out, in and out, in and out, in and out……….
4) Making the effort to realize that life can rarely be how I think it should be and my attempt to have life always be how I think it should be is causing me the majority of my stress and anxiety (learning to not sweat the small stuff).
5) Practicing accepting life exactly as it is in this moment, from moment to moment. When life is not how I want it to be making the effort to practice leaning into it rather than reacting away from it.
6) Being less reactive to all things by remaining aware of when I am about to get triggered (negative, fearful, judgmental thoughts and emotions) and rather than giving in, staying with the breath until the trigger has dissolved away (even if it takes all day).
7) Practicing being aware of when I judge myself and others and just allowing the judgements to fade away rather than latching on to them and defining the world and one’s self through them.
8) Whatever difficulties that are encountered in 2015 I will make the effort to stay with the breathing, keep myself present through utilizing Mindfulness techniques and just ride the storm out rather than getting all wet.
9) Rather than needing things to change or be different, I will continually practice accepting life on life’s terms by reminding myself: “So it is like this now.”
10) Whether I am working, driving, taking a shower, brushing my teeth, watching television, arguing, walking the dog, studying, eating, taking the trash out, doing the dishes, going through a break up, having a medical procedure and/or absorbed in negative thoughts about my life- I will continually make the effort to just come back to my breathing and stay there for awhile.
*Bonus resolution: One breath at a time I will gradually unravel all of the negative conditioning that has kept me chronically dissatisfied, worried, reactive, controlling and angry. One breath at a time I will finally find inner well-being for myself.