2018 Reflections

2018 Reflections

As 2018 draws to a close, many of us will take time to reflect on the past year, or to set resolutions for things we want to change for 2019. In mindfulness practice, we often talk about “staying present”. You may be wondering how can you engage in the resolution-setting process without getting bogged down in negative thoughts about the past or worries about the future. 

We encourage you to approach your reflections from a place of mindful awareness and acceptance. The goal when you take time to look back is not to identify personal failings or mistakes. Try to avoid the urge to recall every action you want to undo. Instead, endeavor to notice what has been helpful and what hasn’t. Awareness of our behaviors and emotions is important. It allows us to more easily make different choices and take actions that lead us down other paths. Reflecting honestly on ourselves creates space for growth and change. The challenge is to view this change as something you are choosing to cultivate, rather than as something you feel forced to do.

It’s also important to approach this process of reflection from a place of kindness, particularly kindness to yourself. Keep in mind that life is hard. We all make mistakes, or do things we may regret. But that is what makes us human. When you feel the urge to beat yourself up, or say things to yourself that you would never say to someone else, stop. Pause. Breathe. Think about how you can reframe that criticism as a chance for growth. Where you can now build wisdom. Remember that in every misstep there is a lesson. Taking time to reflect on those moments is how we grow. How we build resilience.

As you consider how 2018 went and how you want to approach 2019, we encourage you to cultivate mindful awareness and kindness. Think about what’s going well and what you want to continue to give attention and time. Remember that the plant you water is the plant that grows. Additionally, think about what you’re ready to let go of, to move on and move up. What can you do differently to bring more happiness to yourself and those around you? It may seem daunting, but with consistent daily actions, you can accomplish it.

Sending you our warmest wishes for a happy and peaceful new year.