This is my year for living passionately, for making the commitment and the space in my life to regularly nourish body and soul. This is the year that I’m inviting health and vitality and balance into my life. But even though I know what I need to do to get there, I won’t necessarily stay on track. It’s easy for me to lose sight of the importance of healthy practices and to just stop doing the things that make me feel good.
This year, though, I really want to keep my promises to myself, and In considering how to do so, I was inspired by Leonie Dawson’s idea for Weekly Rituals.
The idea is that you commit to something only once a week, making it a ritual for that day. I like this approach. I have “all or nothing” tendencies, and once I get out of the habit of doing something regularly, it’s sometimes difficult for me to introduce it back into my life. (Maybe that’s not “all or nothing.” Maybe that’s just lazy!) In any case, that ‘s why I love the idea of weekly rituals.
I figure that if I commit to doing something only once a week and for a minimum of only 10 or 15 minutes, I should be able to keep my commitments to myself. Normally, once I start on something, I keep at it, and 15 minutes soon turns into 30, 30 minutes into an hour and a half. And once I’m doing something once a week, whether it’s writing in my journal or getting out to exercise, I’m likely to do so more often than that. So here are the weekly promises I’m making to myself:
Tuesdays: Something artistic (photography, creative writing…)
Wednesdays: Practicing Gratitude
I’ve already had to tinker with this schedule. Friday, it turns out, is not a great day for doing something artistic. It’s the end of the week, I’m tired, and often there is some kind of social event that evening. But I can easily fit in a meditation session first thing Friday morning. And I can be an artist another day. Problem solved.
(As I’m writing this, I’m realizing that I’ve built in a second strategy to help me keep my commitment: accountability. You know my plans. Uh oh…)
So I’d better head off now and practice some gratitude! I’ll keep you posted on how well my “Promise” strategy works.
What are the promises you make to yourself? How do you keep them?