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Retreat, Review, Renew

by Dr. Kathleen Hall

You are at the end of year. Another year of your life is over! Don’t carry the mindless habits that bring you unhappiness, stress, and worry into the new year instead follow our mindful reflection tips.

Here are a few mindful reflection tips to retreat, review and renew this new year

  1. Retreat. Take at least 10 minutes alone each day for the rest of 2015. I know it is a busy time of year, but you are the CEO of your precious life and it’s time to take responsibility for it. Retreat for 10 minutes, take a few deep breaths, pull out a notepad and write headers: “Habits that create stress, unhappiness, and worry in my life,” and “Practice that bring happiness and energy into my life.”
  1. Review. This is your time, so focus on an honest review of your life. What habits would you like to leave in 2015 and not take into 2016? What nurturing practices would you like to include in 2016? Create lists under the two headers. Keep your notepad at your side or keep the notes on your phone.
  1. Renew. Do a guided imagery and imagine a dog shaking off the water after it gets wet. Read your list of negative habits and then shake this heavy negativity off, just like the dog shakes off heavy water. Now read your list of loving practices that make you happy and energized. Look upward, open your arms wide, take a deep breath and repeat how you will love yourself in the new year.

Stop regularly for the rest of 2015 and repeat this mindful reflection practice as you renew your mind, body, and soul.

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