Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Get into 2009!

The start of 2009 sounds like a great excuse for setting some new years resolutions ... only it's fairly rare that people actually follow them through even the month of January.

Advertisers certainly pick up on the idea, if the number of weight loss company ads on tv at the moment is anything to go by!

Certainly there is value in setting goals, especially if specific strategies are put into place to ensure they can be achieved ...

But really, what is wrong with right now?

Do your new years resolutions inspire you to build on the happiness you have already achieved in your life, or do they reflect a desire to get out of the present and a deep disatisfaction with the fabulous person you already are?

Coming back to the present moment is one way to address worry or fear. As Eckhart Tolle says in 'The Power of Now',

'Ask yourself what "problem" you have right now, not next year, tomorrow or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future - nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.'

What a relief it is, if we can just accept this simple concept.

Why not spend a moment, just being; right here, right now ...

4 comments:

  1. Yep - I think to set unrealistic goals, in the long run, does you more damage than good. I seem to set the same ones every year, that last half of January and then are forgotten! To live in the now, what a great and simple goal. x J

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  2. I love your question "or do they reflect a desire to get out of the present and a deep disatisfaction with the fabulous person you already are?"
    It's something I'm playing around with at the moment - if I completely accept the Now which is that I am currently dissatisfied with one area of my life, am I creating more of that energy for the future?
    Or by accepting the dissatisfaction (and not fighting against it and trying to think everything's alright unsuccessfully) am I creating a space for change?
    I find it interesting because not accepting the emotion of dissatisfaction would be to deny the Now...
    ...any thoughts anyone?

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  3. Congrats on starting your new blog Kerry, and for posting such a thought provoking first post! xxx

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  4. In response to your comment Lynn ... do you actually feel disatisfaction 'at this very moment' when you just sit and be? Or is it when you spend this moment thinking about the future or what you'd rather do or ...? You don't even have to think positively ... just be where you are without fighting it? Very thought provoking comment!

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