Relaxed, Recharged and Ready for the New Year!

I just returned from the Om for the Holidays Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. Five days of living in nature- beautiful thatched huts, free from electricity and technology (yes, we lit our rooms with kerosene lamps and candles!), nourished by healthy delicious meals, daily active and restorative yoga, lots of hiking, gorgeous ocean views, and most importantly surrounded by an amazing group of conscious, caring, and fun-loving folks. My heart is full, mind more settled, and spirit recharged. I'm ready for the new year! 

How are you preparing for the new year? In addition to parties and celebrations, it's important to take time to be quiet, reflect, and get clear about our intentions. I'm not one for making new year's resolutions (which can often set us up for disappointment.) But I do like to look back at the year's journey- all the learning, growing, twists and turns. When we get so caught up in moving forward we tend to forget to honor and appreciate how far we've come. This reflection is key for practicing contentment along our the journey. And in preparing for future, instead focusing on how we "should" change and what we "should" quit doing, we can instead focus on getting clear.  Getting  clear about our visions and values, what makes us feel alive, and what direction we'd like to move towards, allows us to be less attached to how things to turn out and more open to possibility.  Writing, meditating, and taking a walk are wonderful ways to take this time and space for reflection.  Do you have any new year's rituals? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Om for the Holidays 2014 Memories. Much gratitude to Sarah Pham and Melanie Delgado for capturing these beautiful moments. 

Many blessings for a happy, healthy, new year!

Love & light