At this time of year we are all hearing of all that has been in 2010, and all that is to come in 2011, as one year turns into the next. The “best” and “worst” and highs and lows are all recounted to help us navigate this transition from one calendar year to the next.

These weigh-ins from cultural temperature-takers offer us fodder for conversation, attempt to reflect the past, present, and future of our culture, and sometimes give us something to ponder. We might learn about the “best” scientific discovery that we had not heard about, or be reminded of a celebrity from our childhood who has passed on, alerting us to our own mortality.

This reflective presence in the media can also lend itself to deepen our self-reflection. What is really helpful for YOU to navigate from one season to the next, from one year, one decade to the next? What type of inventory will help you to see your life as it truly is, and set an intention for 2011 that raises your own bar of excellence and awareness?

For me, the past year has been an utter shift in changing life-long patterns that, despite all I have “achieved,” were holding me back from feeling satisfied. Practicing yoga for 16 years prepared me to be willing to make these changes, but the process essential to this transformation has been clarifying the standards of integrity that are most important to me and the life intentions that I wish to guide my choices in life.

I encourage you to take some time this weekend to remind yourself of what is truly important and interesting to you. Start by making a list of the top five people who inspire you and three qualities they posses.

Now make a list of everything that you would like to do, regardless of money, time, and energy.

When you have done both of these things, read on.

What you now have in your possession is a list of qualities that you see in other people, which can be called your standards of integrity. These are the qualities you possess in yourself that you have realized are inspiring to you, and can be called upon when you find yourself turning in a vrtti, or mind fluctuation to pull you out of this conditioned thinking into what is more interesting to you. A couple of the standard of integrity that I discovered through this exercise are: creative, generous, acknowledging, amazing intellect.

You also have the beginnings of a life of life intentions. From the list of what you would like to do in your life, and the your standards of integrity, create a list of intentions that you are willing to hold. Write “I am willing to be…” and finish the sentence until you feel complete. A couple of my own life intentions are: to be a clear, conscious communicator, to be at ease in the company of others, to be a participant in the global community, to be creating sustainable lifestyle in community.

Have fun with your transition, however you make it, and have a very Happy New Year.

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer
Want to participate in a group practice to support your New Year’s transition? Join Megan at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill or Dawn at 8 Limbs Phinney for their New Year’s Day Practices.

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