New Year’s resolutions

Allegra and Ruby Make New Year’s Resolutions

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I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Even though the idea of a “fresh start” is appealing, I find that setting intentions for the year is a more powerful way to go about making permanent changes in your life. However, Allegra and Ruby have been discussing their New Year’s resolutions extensively, and they’ve been bugging me to share their top 3 resolutions with you, so here you go!Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: fuzzy resolutions

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Guest post by Angie Bailey

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. I guess I believe in intentions that can change in any moment. I don’t need to wait until New Year’s Eve to decide what’s important to me and set goals for myself. But since many people use the new year as a kickoff point, I thought I’d once again look to my wise felines for cues as to what I’d like to intend for myself in the new year.

Be present with one thing at a time

I know I’m a good multi-tasker, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a great attribute. Sometimes when I’m busy with one activity, I’m thinking about something else. Cats are laser-focused on whatever they currently have their paws on, and when they’re finished, they move on to the next thing. Presence is something for which I constantly strive. Keeping one browser tab open at a time on the computer is a start. It’s way too easy to pop over to Facebook and waste some major time when I have an article deadline. I can find myself easily distracted — and that does nothing for my time management or presence. Cats don’t care about multi-tasking, tabs or time management — they just live in the flow, which is an excellent example for all of us.

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Conscious Cat Sunday: how are your New Year’s resolutions holding up?

January

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

The new year is only five days old today. How are your New Year’s resolutions holding up?

I’m all about reinventing yourself, and finding your bliss, and the clean slate of a new year seems to be as good a time for it as any. And therein probably lies one of the reasons why so many New Year’s resolution fail. Why only pick January 1 to change your life? You can change your life on any given day – it’s YOUR choice, YOUR time.

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a few years ago. Since I still like the idea of a “fresh start” a new year offers, I set New Year’s intentions instead. I think New Year’s resolutions are destined to fail, because there’s an inherent flaw in the term “resolution.”Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: New Year’s resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

Last week, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions to keep your cats happy and healthy. Today, let’s talk about New Year’s resolutions in general. Most people make them. There’s just something irresistible about a new year with its blank slate. The idea of a fresh start has great appeal. Then why is it that year after year, most New Year’s resolutions get broken by the end of January?

I think it’s because there’s an inherent flaw in the term “resolution.” According to Merriam Webster, the definition of resolution is “the act of determining.” There’s nothing there that says we’re actually going to do something. This is why I prefer to set New Year’s intentions. The definition of intention is “a determination to act in a certain way.” The difference is subtle, but one (intention) implies that we are actually determined to do something differently, whereas the other (resolution) simply states that we’ve decided to change something.Continue Reading

New Year’s Intentions

 New Year's Resolutions

 
Another New Year, another round of New Year’s resolutions.  Lose weight, eat healthier, begin a fitness program, spend more time with family and friends, enjoy life more — these are probably some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions on most peoples’ lists.  They’re also the resolutions most likely to be broken by the end of January.  Maybe it’s time for a shift in consciousness when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.  Instead of making resolutions this year, why not set New Year’s Intentions?
 
The definition of intention, according to Merriam Webster, is “a determination to act in a certain way”, whereas the definition of resolution is “the act of determining.”  There’s a subtle difference, but one (intention) implies that we are actually determined to do something differently, whereas the other (resolution) simply states that we’ve decided to change something.   The difference from a vibrational perspective is far greater than these definitions suggest.  Our thoughts create our reality.  Law of Attraction teaches us that like attracts like, so when we focus our thoughts on what we would like to create in our lives, we attract it to us.  Setting an intention is nothing more than focusing our thoughts on a desired outcome.
 
Using the example of wanting to lose weight, rather than making a resolution to loose weight, which focuses on the extra weight we’re trying to get rid of, it makes more sense from a vibrational perspective to set the intention that we’re going to have a healthy, slender body that feels good.  The universe doesn’t distinguish between thoughts about what we want or don’t want, it will attract what we think about.  So if we continue to think about how we don’t want to be overweight or how we need to drop those extra pounds, we’re only going to attract more of what we don’t want into our lives — which, in this case, is extra weight!  If, however, we think about how great it will feel to have a healthy, slender body that feels good and moves well, we’re well on our way to achieving our goal.
 
Now that’s not to say we don’t still have to exercise more and eat right, but by setting the intention and focusing our thoughts on the desired outcome, we will naturally want to make the choices that are in alignment with our desire.  Our choices become “inspired action” — the action of eating better and exercising more will feel like the next logical step rather than a battle or a chore.
 
We all have the power to choose our thoughts.  This New Year’s, why not choose to set intentions that will put you on the road to success, rather than making resolutions that are doomed to fail?