For the past three years, I have taught a class on New Year's Day, and it's one of my favorite classes to teach. A class full of students looking to be inspired. Wide-eyed, excited, feeling ambitious, some maybe even a little hungover. It's a great way to start a new year.
January 1, 2016 was no different than any other New Year's Day class. A class filled with some of my favorite students with big smiles and positive attitudes; it's a yoga teacher's dream. Plus, it didn't look like anyone had a hangover this year.
The moment you value yourself, the whole world values you.
This year in class, I proposed the idea of prioritizing our own wants and needs. I find that a lot of times, most of us put someone else's wants and needs before our own.
Before some of you lose your minds over this idea, let me clarify what I mean. I am not suggesting that you allow your children to starve or have your pets fend for themselves. I am also not suggesting that you completely forget about anyone else in your life.
What I mean is; what do you do on a daily basis for yourself? Do you tend to put yourself second, third, or fourth in your own life? Do you feel under valued?
Who is putting you first? Better question: is there anyone putting you first?
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
What makes you happy? This is a topic I talk about often because it's a question that I ask myself often. What makes me happy? Do I have time to think about my own happiness? Do I make enough time for myself?
For your 2016 new year's resolution: what if you were the king or queen of your own life?
What if you made more time for yourself? What if you thought about yourself more? What if you did something once a day for your health and happiness? What if you made yourself -- your health and your happiness -- a priority in your life.
What if you depended less on others for your happiness?
Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us, they know exactly how it should be done.
Perhaps you think I am crazy and you dismiss these ideas. But maybe not.
What if you you make a little more time for yourself and this year you end up feeling a little happier?
Again I ask: what if?
It's just a thought. Something to think about. Something that I hope you really, truly think about.
Wishing you all the happiness this year.