Beginning a new day and a new you
It happens each year. Always has. The first years, I suspect, man and woman truly felt that a time of change was upon them. Put away the things that brought pain and anguish, allow the natural healing of a new season take hold and restore peace. And, for years, it was enough. Each day is a new beginning.
As the ages passed, and as mankind continued to evolve and different cultures rose and had their moment in the sun, we began to place our thoughts into the “Next year, I will…” fill in with the things you most likely have thought in the past. And with the things dropped almost before begun.
I’m no different. It seems that in the dead of winter, my thoughts turn to the past and the “might have been, should have been”. This time, things will be better. A new day and a new year…a new beginning is possible. And at the end of the next year, the same thoughts are back again, and the same dreams of a new beginning. And we continue the cycles.
But does it really have to be this way? What if we could break the cycle and actually improve? What if the passing of the old season could serve a better purpose than just as an exercise in broken resolutions? Imagine that better year you have always wanted! And here we are. Relaxation and Meditation Music cannot give you the wisdom to make a better world and life for yourself because I can’t. Not me. I am a believer that no one but yourself can show you “the way”.
But perhaps I can be of some small assistance. After all, I have lived a full life, experienced the different cultures and diverse peoples of this world we share. Endured my many failures, celebrated my successes and still look forward to continuing to live and grow. I can share 5 tips to help you begin, today, to prepare yourself to be able to stop the end of year cycle you may be caught up in. It is not a fast process, not an easy process at all. But if you begin applying these tips, gradually habits will form, new patterns for the new you.
Be prepared to fail
Accept that failure is inevitable. It’s going to happen. We all know it, we all understand that things often don’t work out the way we envisioned. Our plans often just don’t work out. So deal with failure for what it really is. The information we can gain, the experience we can take as we move forward.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Henry Ford
Failure is not the end of the World. Each day is a new beginning. Trust me on this one. The World would have ended many years ago if it depended on our ability to succeed in everything. So take the failures in stride and learn from them. After all, the only sure way to fail is to repeat, exactly, the same process as before. Use the knowledge you gain to build success.
“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” Tom Krause
Put yourself first
I know, most of us have been taught that we should make the sacrifice of our own well-being for the sake of others. Let me offer a twist of reasoning for you. Unless I take care of me, how can I provide the support for others?
If I am physically sick, where does the strength come from to provide safety for my family? If emotionally of mentally unstable, how can I make the decisions when others depend on me?
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” Lucille Ball
Without loving yourself, without putting yourself first, you cannot be that provider, that sound voice of reason that the others in your life depend upon. Take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Then you are prepared and capable of taking care of others.
Increase your Knowledge
Devote a few (or more) minutes each day to increase your knowledge about…anything and everything. Fill your head with the wisdom of the masters or with the babbling of fools (hey…be nice) and give the mind a purpose to just exercise in its own way. Allow your mind to soar with the winds of fantasy or absorb the intricacies of your next task.
“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.” Augustus Hare
One of the more interesting online sites is Quora. It is a question and answer site that you can select specific areas to focus on. Ask or answer questions ranging from silly to in-depth technical matters. Got to warn you, it is easy to get sucked in and lose track of time while onsite. I always try to set an alarm for 15 minutes before I open the site. Doesn’t always work but I try…
Mindful Listening can and will improve your listening skills. For many of us, conversations are something we do in the ever shorter amount of time it takes for the next video or social media site to open. Then most of our attention is on that rather than the real live, breathing person we are holding a “conversation” with. Put the devices away, out of sight and muted is best.
“A few years ago, a taxi driver told me about a club & a dog. A waiter spoke to me about ladders today. Life is full of lessons for those who listen.” Indeewara Jayawardane
Give your attention to the person. Listen without putting your own judgments and bias in. Respond honestly and openly. The few minutes you give to that person may well be the defining moment in their life or in yours.
Relax and Meditate, with Music
Relaxation can be as simple as allowing yourself to let go of the issues surrounding yourself. Meditation can be as simple as allowing your thoughts to center around one idea and processing it thru. Music can be the medium you use to shift from the every day into something more. Let yourself be…
“Listen to the Music” The Doobie Brothers
Each day is a new beginning
Accept failure for what it really is, the learning experience leading to success. Put yourself first. Take the care you deserve. Increase your knowledge about any and everything. Listen to people without judgments. And allow music to let you zone out, to relax and think those deep thoughts.
“The first shot is for the Devil. The second, for God. The third shot is for King and Country.” Gunner’s Proverb, 16th Century
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Walking the Path of Peace,