While 2020 is behind us, the year ahead still feels like a mystery. I will confess, we didn’t even celebrate the new year…at all! We tried to keep is as quiet as possible. I walked into 2021 with the mindset as if I was walking into an antique store with my 5 year old: Do not touch anything, keep your hands to yourself, be quiet and don’t bring any attention to yourself!
We only made it 5 days into the new year and then the bull broke everything in the China shop. Like many, my heart is heavy and my mind is jumbled. Our democracy was threatened this week and initiated by our president. I will not allow him to win. 2021 will be the year of improving ourselves and coming together as a nation. I think now more than ever we can each do our part to show kindness to our neighbors. I will not waste another year inside hoping for the new year. I think this proves we can no longer just wait for the world to change (sorry John Mayer, your song can no longer be played in our house!).
You know what song is now being played? Weightless by Marconi Union. I came across some research that stated listening to this song reduces your anxiety by 65% https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/neuroscience-says-listening-to-this-one-song-reduces-anxiety-by-up-to-65-percent.html. Tell Alexa to play it on repeat because I think we are going to need it to get through what has become an already stressful 2021.
One way I plan on contributing kindness into the world is through yoga. I recently joined a yoga studio as a mindfulness yoga instructor https://www.embraceyourway.com/. I was also recently featured in a local blog by Megan Nelson, a former college friend! She is doing a series on using essential oils with your yoga practice that is worth taking a look at https://oilupomaha.com/blog/20827/new-year-new-you-yoga-edition! She has some amazing products that have come in handy in this already stressful year. If you are local, I hope you can join my Thursday night yoga class where we will focus on controlling our minds during our yoga practice, because after all, our thoughts become our words, our words become our actions and our actions become our character. Lets all strive to be better people in 2021. The world can no longer wait.