The new year brings pressure to change. The idea of resolutions dominate all websites and there's this feeling of "needing to be more" or "do better" or "be prettier" or "be healthier." Doesn't make the new year feel especially grand. Instead, we often end up feeling as though something's lacking.
We offer to you a practice in the spirit of acceptance and love to journey into the new year.
In mindfulness meditation teachings we work to accept the moment. To accept ourselves, our thoughts, our feelings. When I teach this idea, people always ask, "Does that mean we can't have goals? We can't try for change?" It's too foreign to be able to juggle these ideas that we see as competing: accepting ourselves, and growing.
Acceptance is harder than growing. It takes bravery to be vulnerable and learn to let go and open up.
Acceptance and learning to accept the moment don't come so naturally. We live in a culture that teaches us we aren't enough, we need to be better, build more, buy more, do more. Acceptance of what we have, of who we are, of what we drive, of our bodies, of our thoughts, of our minds -- whew! -- seems impossibly hard.
It's achievable! It just takes practice. There are lots of ways to get there. A yoga teacher with the right training and focus can lead you there. Spiritual leaders can as well. Meditation groups -- in Buddhist circles, called "sanghas" -- are usually free and offer instruction. Many counselors in town also use meditation and yoga to help individuals on this path.
If you'd like more ideas about this, feel free to call Kelli Foulkrod or Dr. Griesemer for a consult. We both use yoga and mindfulness in our therapy practices and would be happy to talk to you more about this concept and how it can change how you feel about yourself and your life.
Posted by: Dr. Sarah Griesemer
Psychology Center of Austin, PLLC
8400 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
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