Fight Resolution Fatigue with a Focus on Purity

imageHave you held true to your resolutions this year?  Fallen off the wagon yet?  If you are still going strong, congratulations!  But nearly a fortnight into 2016 and it is quite possible, despite our best intentions, our dedication is wavering. Come back – without judgement.
Each year brings a fresh start, but often we lose motivation and it is easy to pile on the negative self-talk.  Instead, refocus and come back by cultivating purity or Sauca.  Think of purity as the ultimate act of love and care.  We cannot love others as we should if we do not treat ourselves with kindness.  Begin by cleaning your own cluttered mind with compassion.
Being deliberate about the words you choose to utter, especially the ones heard only in your head.  Choose with a kind heart.  Act as though all can hear you.  Commit to treating your body well.  Think of it as a temple, after all it is our only true home.  Without harshness, choose more rest, over less.  Choose mostly healthy food and less caffeine and alcohol.  Move more.
Finally, allow for stillness in your day.  Begin small and work from the intention of simply baring witness to your thoughts.  Let go of manipulating them.  Allow yourself to watch with curiosity.  Eventually, the space you create in your mind, heart, and body will grow.
It is hard to remember our true selves – our purity – if we do not know who we are and honor ourselves with generosity and compassion.  Make a practice of getting to know yourself, your pure self.  Bare witness to who you are in the good times, in the mundane moments, when you are stressed and anxious, and in times of tragedy.
When we practice Sauca or purity, our resolutions become easier to maintain.  We have purity of purpose.  Our goals are in line with our intentions for being.  Jumping back on the wagon and moving in the direction we desire becomes natural.
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You Have All You Need

Look carefully and see the abundance in which you live.  Cultivate generosity in thoughts, words, and deeds.  Give with a warm heart.  Offer your gifts without thought of receiving.  When you feel a sense of lack or scarcity, give some more.  Allow generosity of Spirit to ripple into the new year.

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How do we find peace and joy in our lives?  How do we live our fullest potential and not get swept up into the darkness and negativity that can sometimes seem to dominate our world today?  These are tough questions with seemingly no perfect answer.
Sri Swami Sivananda taught his students how to achieve this peace by using the Eighteen ities Song.  He believed when one focused upon and cultivated each of these “ities” or virtues, one could begin to transcend everyday things and find a deeper meaning in life.
The Eighteen Ities

Serenity, Regularity, absence of Vanity,

Sincerity, Simplicity, Varacity,

Equanimity, Fixity, non-Irritability,

Adaptability, Humility, Tenacity,

Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity,

Charity, Generosity & Purity

The ity Project begins now.  For the next eighteen weeks, we will work to cultivate each of these virtues.  Follow along with this blog, my instagram, Facebook and Twitter to gain insights and inspirations each week.  Eighteen weeks from now, my hope is that you will feel better focused, more at peace, and closer to your true nature – just in time to move into 2016!