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The Next Chapter

2013A new year and a clean slate, what do you want to create?

It is that time of year again when we start making many kinds of resolutions such as eating healthier, exercising more, spending more time outdoors and to be more social. Resolutions can be helpful but also leave you disappointed and feeling bad about yourself. We often make demands on ourselves to do things that are not a realistic. In the end, instead of bringing more balance to our lives and feeling good about ourselves, we feel guilty, like failures and end up in a worse position than when we started. It is important to be supportive of yourself rather than judgmental and critical.

I encourage my patients to make intentions rather than resolutions. Intentions have a more creative power and leaves room for growth and change. Intentions are powerful and create a path for us to follow. Of course we need to make steps towards those intentions but we do not need to make restrictions on HOW it will happen. If you want to become more fit, find avenues that you are interested in and if it is something you aren’t familiar with you can find ways to learn. This is much more attainable for long term success rather than making a resolution that you will go to the gym 4 times a week.

Take the time to create a quiet space and reflect on what it is you want to create and to experience for you and your family during 2013. If you intend to eat healthier, perhaps put an intention out to learn how to cook and eat foods that are more nutritious. This gives more space for growth rather than making a resolution of things you will NOT eat. Write these intentions down and review them at the beginning of each month. This will help to keep your thoughts on track and can keep you moving in the direction you want. At the end of the year, you can review your intentions and will be surprised how many have manifested. It is often surprising and can give motivation and encouragement of how you want to enter another year. May 2013 bring much health, happiness, love and success!

Dr. Brandy James




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