If you’re excited by all the enthusiastic emails flooding into your inbox telling you that, now it’s January you MUST set goals or intentions; give up this or start that, otherwise it will be too late then stop reading now.
If, however you’re fed up with people telling you how they’ve started this programme or diet, or some other way of monitoring what they eat or drink through a magic app, and THIS TIME they’ll stick to the goal they’ve set, you’re on my wavelength.
In fact I’m more than fed up; I’m down right irritated by everyone’s energy and enthusiasm, their rush to make changes and their certainty that this year everything will be different.
And (I’m on a roll now), I’m also irritated by everyone telling me their wonderful plans for the year. Frankly I don’t need (or want) to know. For the record I have an amazing intention but I don’t feel the need to shout it from the rooftops.
Yes I know there are some wonderful people offering amazing support and wisdom and it can be tempting to get sucked in to setting resolutions, goals or intentions and signing up for courses because you feel like you SHOULD and not because you WANT TO.
Then it’s a surprise when days or weeks later everything falls away and you’re back to square one; well maybe back to square minus one because you’ve added some self-criticism and resentment into the mix.
Why do you lose momentum in January?
And winter is not a time to be rushing about starting new things.
Here in London it’s winter, the trees are bare, their energy is directed deep within so they can recharge and replenish their reserves.
So that’s what I intend to do.
Through my Yin yoga practice, I’m learning more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and the seasons. I’ve learned that winter is the most yin time, it’s dark and cold, a time to be still and quiet and direct my energy inwards.
Just like trees.
I spent most of 2017 writing my book and will pausing from that in January. I’ll be meditating and writing in my journal and also curling up on the sofa with a book, or journal. Maybe even (woo hoo) fiction.
And just like the trees; this will connect me to that source of energy deep within me, which I will nurture enabling it to grow stronger and be ready for spring.
Trees become stronger because their leaves only start to grow once the risk of frost has passed.
So it is with plans.
I’ll spend time developing my ideas and intentions, but I definitely won’t be rushing to start anything.
Spring is the time when growth begins, when you start to see shoots and buds. This is also when I will return to activity and the energy that I’ve been nurturing will be ready to for me to use.
What to do instead
I give you full permission mirror the trees, and be still enough so that you can hear the quiet voice inside you and take time to replenish and restore your energy. And you will start to grow when it feels right for you, and only you. The only thing to know is that winter doesn’t last forever so you have to return to activity at some point.
Did this resonate with you? Are you raring to go or are you with me in pausing in January? Please add your comment below (you don’t have to use your name).