Nourishment for the New Year

Happy New Year!  This year we celebrate 1 year of blog posts here and almost 1 1/2 years at our current space in Moorestown.  I want to thank each of you for making our practice a happy, peaceful and comforting space–a place where health and wellness goals are planned and actualized on a regular basis.

Have you considered an intention for the New Year?  Perhaps you haven’t yet felt the inner peace that you have been seeking for some time.  How can you achieve that one day at a time?  Maybe 5 minutes of mindfulness each day could help to quiet the frenetic thoughts that run through your mind.  Perhaps you would like to expand your religious or spiritual practice.   Maybe you have considered yoga but thought you couldn’t do it due to lack of flexibility.  Yoga requires only a flexible mind and the motivation to give it a try.  There is no need to join a gym (unless you would like to).  Yoga can happen right in the comfort of your own home.

In the New Year, how will you nourish your body?  Have you considered your nutritional needs?  During this very cold, winter season, it’s especially important to avoid eating very cold and frozen foods.  Focus on warm soups, hearty cooked grains, cooked green leafy vegetables and root vegetables like yams, turnips.beets, carrots, parsnips and ginger.  Limit deeply fried foods, processed foods and sugar in order to maintain health and energy levels.   Focus on warm beverages, but don’t overindulge in caffeine which will only create “false” energy and leave you feeling jittery and eventually, more tired when the caffeine effects disappear.

Nourish your relationships this year.  Is there a relationship that you’ve neglected?  Do you have a family member or friend that you have lost touch with?  Consider contacting that person and reconnecting.  Life is short, and your mind and spirit need no regrets.  Consider the joy you could share with someone who may really need it.

As 2018 progresses, take some time to focus on nourishing each aspect of your life.  You may be surprised at the blessings in store for you.

New Year’s peace and blessings,

Cathleen