For many people the first of the year is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Never a bad concept, but unfortunately there seems to be a lot of effort spent goal setting and resolution making. This is often followed by resolution breaking and guilt. I think it’s more important, a few times every year to reflect on your current starting points. The most critical areas being physical well being, spiritual well being and psychological well being. From these three areas we can derive where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go.
Now seemed like the perfect time for these reflections as I’m heading to a long weekend of rejuvenation. I will spend approximately three days in isolation, healing my mind and body while resting, reading, doing yoga, and reflecting. Knowing my starting points is a pretty good idea.
Physical well being: I’d give myself an 8. I feel stronger and happier with my physical self than at most other points in my life. Sure, there are things I’d like to continue to improve but I feel great about my body’s ability to do what I ask of it. My liver is cleaner, my gallbladder is performing better, my inflamation is lessened, my digestion is considerable improved, and my cardiorespiratory endurance is excellent. My goal for my physical well being is to continue on my current path. I have been working toward greater flexibility (I want to do the butterfly pose and be able to put my knees to the floor), continue eliminating my most reactive foods (who knew a carrot could harm?), and I want to fully emulsify my fatty acids.
Spiritual well being: I give myself a 7. I feel very content within my spirituality and very centered. I would like to make time three or more times per week for silence and stillness – even if it’s just five minutes. Maybe I could find quiet in the bathroom? I feel that I can attain this goal if I can keep this piece of my well being at the forefront of my thinking.
Psychological well being: I give myself an 8. I’m happy and proud of my progress I’ve made over the years. I feel very harmonious with my surroundings. There are still some times when I have trouble focusing and allow little things to get under my skin. At these times I need to control my emotions and not allow them to control me. I will continue to work on realizing when these moments occur, taking deep breaths, removing myself from the situation if needed, and confronting the issue head on.
It’s helpful to reassess these pieces, acknowledge our forward momentum as well as what’s tripped us up along our path. We are so fortune to be individuals who are continually progressing. Take a moment and do your own reflections – find your own starting points. It’s helpful to make a plan for improvement. Planning gives us the guidance to find success.
I’ll continue on my assessment journey as I rejuvenate this weekend. For me, all of these goals are within my abilities to attain, as long as I stay focused and don’t allow the waves to take me under. Alternately, I could always buy some water wings.