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Themes to Create Your Mindful Year
Themes to Create Your Mindful Year

 I asked her what was the one thing she wanted more of in her life. She immediately lit up and said “Freedom, I want more freedom”. After knowing that, we talked about how she could use the theme, freedom, to create her mindful year. Every time she needs to make a phone call, search a box for statements, or revisit less than ideal past financial decisions, she says the word "freedom." She focuses on the freedom she wants, instead of the familiar procrastination and anxiety around her finances that she doesn’t want. Freedom is a positive and meaningful theme supporting her to move forward and take action.

To create Your Mindful Year, ask yourself, What do I want more of in my life? Then select a theme from my list or identify one of your own that has heart and meaning for you:

Peace
Adventure
Forgiveness
Surrender
Decisiveness
Space
Letting go
Going for it
Movement
Steadfastness
Flexibility Structure
Courage
Commitment
Freedom
Compassion
Love
Acceptance
Support
Exploration
Expansion
Openness Prosperity
Slowing Down
Speeding Up
Limitlessness
Abundance
Power
Peace
Empowerment
Communication
Vulnerability
Passion
Peace                        Adventure                    Forgiveness
Surrender                 Decisiveness              Space
Letting go                 Going for it                    Movement
Steadfastness        Flexibility                       Courage
Commitment           Freedom                        Compassion
Love                          Acceptance                  Support
Exploration              Expansion                     Openness 
Slowing Down         Speeding Up                 Limitlessness       
Abundance              Power                             Peace                    
Empowerment        Communication           Vulnerability            

After you choose your theme, practice mindfulness around it for at least 5 minutes a day with meditation, deep breathing, journaling, inspirational reading, yoga poses, or any combination. You can also write out your theme and place it in different areas of your home or office, or create an entire vision board with meaningful pictures, words, and phrases. Other options include taking mindfulness classes, one on one coaching, or going on a retreat by yourself or with a group, all supporting you to focus on your theme.

Whatever you choose to focus on, to be more mindful about, will expand. Instead of creating self-limiting resolutions, why not choose a theme that gets you excited and moving in the right direction? Mindfulness is so much more valuable and positive than a resolution because we focus on the right here, right now, instead of the future outcome. As always, I would love to hear all about how you create Your Mindful Year.

By Diane Sieg
                                                                    
With a career that has taken her from the chaos of the emergency room to the calm of her yoga mat,Diane Sieg first discovered yoga as a great source of physical and emotional healing during a personal crisis and has been practicing ever since. Today, as an Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher, professional speaker, published author, retreat facilitator and life-saving coach, Diane empowers people to live their most authentic life, both on and off the mat. Her teaching style is a calm intensity with strong alignment based principles. Diane is the creator of 30 Days to Grace: A Daily Practice to Achieve Your Ultimate Goals, both in CD and book format. Read more about Diane at dianesieg.com.

Check out Diane's new meditation, as well as guided breathing exercises and classes below:
30 Days to Grace – Diane Sieg
Anusara - Inspired Flow  – Roger Martin Pressman

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