submitted by Susan B. Apollon, Psychologist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning the new year is about intentions and resolutions that we believe will improve the quality of our life. We may resolve to shift to a healthier lifestyle that includes quiet time for reflection, exercise, or following your passion.
Additionally, it feels wonderful to laugh more, be kinder and more caring to others, to smile and to see the humor in situations. In other words, it is good to feel good!
Yet, when we begin a new year, we rarely hear about the wisdom of choosing to let go of old unresolved issues. Consider how many upsetting thoughts or feelings you retain from negative experiences.
Perhaps you are still punishing yourself for something you said or did – or for someone else’s words or deeds that hurt you.
As you begin the new year, the greatest gift you can give yourself is the intention of forgiving yourself and others for any emotionally painful deed or situation that has occurred in the past or that may be taking place in the present.
The new year is about choosing to live positively in the present moment, rather than holding onto what has already taken place.
Your body is wise. When you choose to value and love yourself by releasing and detaching from everything you have held onto that gives you the right to feel guilt and anger at yourself or others, you will feel freer and happier.
And that is the key to having a new year in which you can experience the fulfillment of your hopes, intentions and dreams!