A fair bit of advice comes along this time of year, yes? More than ever with twitter and facebook. Resolutions, plans, fresh-starts. I can dig it.
Personally, I’ve been getting into the acid/alkaline balancing thing. Resolving to keep a more dedicated meditation and pranayama practice too. Twice a day, 30 minutes each. Beyond the regular asana practice.
Below is some advice for the new year that I received through email and twitter. First a nice list from my friend Fuat in Istanbul. Thought to post it hear and then come back for reminders.
And 2nd, a deep quote and good laugh from Justin Ritchie’s blog.
Wishing you a peaceful, creative and healthy 2010,
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
- Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
- Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
- Make time to pray.
- Play more games
- Read more books than you did in 2009.
- Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
- Sleep for 7 hours.
- Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
- Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
- Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
- Dream more while you are awake
- Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
- Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
- Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
- Smile and laugh more.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…
- Call your family often.
- Each day give something good to others.
- Forgive everyone for everything.
- Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
- Try to make at least three people smile each day.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
- Do the right thing!
- Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
- _______ heals everything.
- However good or bad a situation is, it will change…
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
- The best is yet to come.
- When you awake alive in the morning, thank _______ for it.
- Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
A Cree Native American storyteller and teacher told me: “According to my tradition, from the beginning of creation, every morning, when the sun comes up, we are each given four tasks by our Creator for that day. First, I must learn at least one meaningful thing today. Second, I must teach at least one meaningful thing to another person. Third, I must do something for some other person, and it will be best if that person does not even realize that I have done something for them. And fourth, I must treat all living things with respect. This spreads these things throughout the world.” (Thom Hartmann, Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight p.242)