Masters of Health Magazine January 2018 - Page 26

many times in the past and that perhaps that you should not try again, you have unconsciously sown the seeds of a new trait or a habit and built a new strength in that particular direction.

The objective of the resolutions is not to transform the whole of our nature all of a sudden but to create and nurture the right seeds so that our resolutions will bear fruits in due time. It would be unreasonable for us to try to change all the things we would like to see changed and transformed since it takes a long time for human nature to change. Instead of concentrating on the goal as such, this is an invitation to you to enjoy and learn from the journey you are undertaking.

The New Year Resolutions are nothing but spiritual practices and more specifically the sadhanas done in a more organized and disciplined way. They are not simple goals.

In order to enjoy your transformative process with new resolutions, the following things are needed:

1)Study of the mind

2)New Year Resolutions

3)Self-Reflection

4)Specific strategies for any challenges

When approached in a right manner, the same mind that is now problem will eventually become the solution; it will become your friend.

Take a stock of some of your experiences and expectations in life by writing the down.

•Your five biggest challenges or weakness

Can you see the ways of reducing or eradicating them?

Are they long-term or short term flaws?

What are the strategies you can come up with to deal with them?

Write the five steps that you think that would be helpful.

Start making the first step immediately or as soon as you are able to.

•Your five strenghts

What are the strategies you can come up with to enhance them?

What are the ways you can perfect them?

Write the five steps that you think that would be helpful.

Start making the first step immediately or as soon as you are able to.

What are your highest ideals that you feel you need to fulfill in this life-time? What are your greatest fears and greatest hopes?

A little venture into the mind itself and the investigation will soon prove to us that we do have plenty of good ‘raw’ material to work with. We will discover how creative we can become to think of the ways to build our personality. The only real victory is the victory over our mind which at the moment we so poorly know; it is this victory only that constitutes real happiness and the greatest treasure.

Look at your past ideals and principles, weigh your assets vs. liabilities, strong against weak points. Address the different areas of activities such as food, exercises etc.

Are your challenges something that is repeating or are they new? Have you made any progress with them at all?

On the basis of your insight about the old year, create the New Year resolutions.

Ask yourself: “How should I proceed in all these areas? I have a whole year to make some improvements in regards to my diet, my yoga practice, quantity and quality of meditation, etc.”

Also take into the account your opinion about yourself. A genuine, objective, not harsh, degrading or judgmental opinion of yourself.