As the weather gets colder, the days get shorter and life get’s busier it’s easy to get stuck in the day to day grind.
It’s usually at this point where our exercise routine waivers, our healthy habits slide and we lose focus on our bigger goals. There is so much focus on New Year Resolutions but what about New Financial Year Resolutions?
Celebrating this new financial year or midway point and taking time to stop, reflect and share some of the achievements of this year is a great way to reboot your motivation.
If you take the time to stop and consider you will be amazed at how much you’ve achieved this year . It can also be super exciting to think about how much you can still achieve for the remaining part of the year.
Take time to stop, reflect and reset with these thought provoking questions. Get yourself back in flow for the remaining part of the year to achieve the things you want.
Ask yourself the following -
What are three acheivements from the past 6 months
How do you feel about the year so far?
What have you lost track on?
What are you going to focus on for the next 6 months
Any major challenges or barriers
How will you overcome these?
This is a great way of preventing you from getting stuck in the day-to-day and focusing on what is important to you.
In yoga there is a name for this ability to watch where your mind is going, and then bring it back to where you want it to go—it is called Pratyahara, and it is one of the eight limbs of Yoga.
Pratyahara is simply refered to as a withdrawal of the senses. We can practice this through meditation and breathwork. Although you're probably most aware of it's integration in your yoga asana practice. It's here through movement that we consistently acknowledge our thoughts about the pose and work to let go, focusing on just being in the pose itself. We let go of all other senses and just be with the pose.
You can apply the same principles off the mat by creating a habitual practice of withdrawing your senses. Simple ways could be; avoiding social media, putting your phone down and sitting in silence. I also encourage you incoproate the above thought provoking questions. Breaking the questions down to the quarter, the month and even the week. This habitual practice will clear any unnecessary clutter and leave space for what's important.