What a magical effect New Year has on us! It is only this time of the year when we reflect on where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’d like to get to next.
It is just after Halloween when we see start seeing calendar kiosks in shopping malls making us realise that the year is coming to an end.
What a fun way of keeping track of days at a glance, slowing down and being present. Do you have infatuation of a traditional calendar?
We have a few friends who always buy one every year. Some of them are into famous paintings by Monet, some into New York’s architecture while others into Japanese gardens. To me, the ones that generate emotional connection are those of wild animals.
Seeing even a pic of an animal, my mind gets side-tracked into human anthropogenic activities that directly and intentionally harm animals. It is a thought I thought I must share with the readers. Then I try to compose myself walking through the aisles of calendars and pick one that is psychologically meaningful to me.
This year I was tempted to read about the history of calendars. And on researching, I learnt, “British archaeology experts have discovered what they believe to be the world’s oldest ‘calendar’, created by hunter-gatherer societies and dating back to around 8,000 BC.”
If you want to know more about it, have a read here. https://phys.org/news/2013-07-world-oldest-calendar.html
I love the sense of new beginnings; what an opportunity to make positive changes. Reflection is the perfect way to close the old year and open the door to the new one.
The key is Reflection IS on the past. Finding time for reflection is valuable for wellbeing. I will keep away from using typical words, like ‘setting goals’ or desires and wants. I’d like to talk about how you want to live each day, meaning life areas that we need to work on.
Goals are focused on what we want to achieve in the future, on the other hand, intentions are about how you want to feel in the present moment – meaning how you want to live each day, in other word, how you want to walk through life.
Do you want to be a slave to our modern life that has taken over us, intensely?
For the sake of our wellbeing, let us endeavour to find time for this humble act of Reflection – provide ourselves some valuable time and give ourselves licence to slow down.
“My intention this year is to do things more mindfully, to stop rushing, and to take my time with enjoying things.”
What is yours?
You may just complete this sentence: I am aiming for……….and I want to feel………..
See, we read about so much about mindfulness. But we fail to recognise that real knowledge is gained from action to develop attributes.
Take away: We learn more by reflecting than just doing without thought.
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