I've heard so many people say that they are glad 2013 is over. Since time is an illusion, logically, December 31 doesn't really change much when January 1 arrives. We still experience a constant flow of present moments. However, many people use the new year as a chance to either "start over" or change something for the better. Resolutions are posted all over social media and discussed by the water cooler. For an interesting take on New Years Resolutions, read this article from Psychology Today.
This holiday season was challenging for my family and me, as there were many losses (pets, friends and a family member). I must admit that I am still in a bit of a funk - just not feeling "quite right." I am an empath, meaning I tend to absorb feelings from people around me and even the general energy of the larger community. I am acutely aware of this, yet my not-rightness is still hanging around.
I could just be doom-and-gloom about it, but that doesn't do me or anyone around me any good. Instead, I am trying to ground myself in the present moment as often as I can. I may generally feel "off," but RIGHT NOW I am A-OK. I also know that "this too shall pass," and am processing things as they come up in my journal or with my therapist. It's hard not to feel impatient or wish that this would just go away. However, I know there are lessons to be learned in this situation, and if I don't stay present, I may miss them. This didn't change with the passing of 2013.
As this new year starts, I wish all of you a wonderful 2014 and encourage you to slow down, breathe, stay mindful and enjoy the small things in life that make you smile. If you're having a hard time finding something to smile about, check out the links below. Laughter is truly great medicine and these funny sites can help you switch from yucky to joyful in a matter of minutes!