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  • Asha Venkatarao

New Year, New Thoughts

Updated: Jan 1, 2020


As the old year peels away from our minds and hearts, it's time to welcome the New Year!!

It's 2020, a beautiful new decade, full of possibilities, plans, unfolding of Life's challenges...

Oh, the things we will experience; the moments of Life to live through; the sheer Joy that flows; the terrifying trepidation of health scares; the self-analysis ; the existential questions about people; situations and death; all of this and more; that's Life!!

I am definitely looking forward to all experiences; good, great and wonderful. Aren't You?


We all make Resolutions for the New Year. Usually, these resolutions are about losing weight, becoming thinner, fitting into a favorite pair of jeans, giving up carbs completely ; to join a book club etc.

Usually these ideas and enthusiasm fade over time and we get stuck back in our patterns and behaviors.

Maybe this New Year, we try something different.


Maybe, we change the energy behind these resolutions. We add in other meaningful resolutions too;


Instead of focusing on numbers on a scale or our waist size,

we focus on our diligence of showing up for exercise everyday.

Exercise in any way you like; walk, jog, dance, Asana practice.


Instead of giving up carbs completely , we try different ancient grains, like millets or amaranth.

We eat in moderation; we eat on time; we support our digestion and metabolism with Ayurvedic teas.

And, again, we do this consistently, regularly, everyday.


We add in Gratitude practice as a daily routine; just a 5-minute practice at the end of everyday where we consciously count our Blessings, big & small. This can change the way we perceive our life; it can shift from lack to abundance.


We add a Daily Meditation practice; we make time to sit in silence, following the simple rhythm of our breath; releasing thoughts ; practicing Mindful Awareness of our unfolding Life! This practice can bring daily clarity and presence to our actions.


Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything;

Maybe, it's about unbecoming everything that isn't really You;

So, You can be who you were meant to be in the first place.


I hope you will try these New Resolutions for this coming year.

May your journey be meaningful, have purpose and make you shine :)

Namaste.

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