New Years Release Process

New Year’s Release Process
Another year, another unfulfilled New Year’s Resolution. Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Research shows that over 90% of resolution makers don’t keep them.

I used to be a part of those dismal statistics too, until a new idea came to me a few years ago while cleaning out my closet. As I put together a pile of material belongings I no longer needed, I began to contemplate the non-material. When did I rid myself of the emotions, beliefs, and habits that I no longer needed?

These days, instead of making resolutions, I make releases to rid myself of the non-material things that no longer serve me. It’s a simple three-step process.

New Year’s Release Process

1. Identify those emotions, beliefs, or habits you wish to release.
2. Write them on a rock (one per stone.)
3. On New Year’s Day, go to a location of your choice, and release your rocks.

o A mountainside, field, stream, lake, or the ocean are all great location options.
o An alternative is to write your releases on slips of paper and burn them.

A word of caution…If you live in cooler climates and select a lake or pond, make sure it’s not frozen. The first time I tried this new practice, I convinced my husband, Sean, to join me. Together, we created our Release lists. Mine included things like, judgment, doubts, and attachment to the past. Sean’s list included more practical things, like quit smoking. On the morning of January 1st, we wrote our releases on our rocks, packed them up, and set off to a nearby State park determined to complete our mission despite the overnight ice and snow.

Our trusty SUV transported us with no issues. Hand-in-hand we walked across the icy parking lot, down a slushy road, and through snow covered fields until we reached our destination—a picturesque lake. As I selected my first rock to throw, I noticed the lake was partially covered with ice. “Think we can make it?” I asked Sean.

“Sure—the ice cover isn’t that far,” he replied with confidence.

We tossed our first rocks into the lake, and both hit the ice with a resounding thud. We had clearly overestimated our throwing capabilities.

Sean gave me a sheepish look. “I wasn’t ready to get rid of that until the spring thaw anyway,” he said, referring to his quit smoking stone.

Letting go allows me to grow. Letting go creates space within, and provides an opening for something new. My new and improved New Year’s ritual does just that. It enables me to let go of the old to create space for the new.

As this year draws to a close, consider a new tradition, one that entails releasing in lieu of commitments. A tradition that will open space for greater peace, love and joy in the new year.

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Gratitude for Busy People



Simple Gratitude Practice

Everyone talks about gratitude Thanksgiving week. It’s certainly a good time to give thanks, but what about the rest of the year?

Did you know in each moment that you’re feeling genuinely grateful, it’s impossible to at the same time feel angry, anxious…or any other negative emotion? Given this, perhaps we should consider gratitude as an ongoing practice.

We all have so much to be grateful for. Some days it’s big things – getting married, a new grand-baby, a promotion at work. Other days, we may be harder pressed to find nuggets of gratitude. But if we challenge ourselves, they can be found. Considering the natural disasters that have occurred this year, I’m thankful for my home, water, food, and electricity. I’m thankful when I see the unconditional love in my dog’s eyes, when I take a walk and connect with Mother Earth, when I listen to davidji on Hay House Radio.

These days we’re inundated with a plethora of gratitude activities. The obstacle I most often hear–it takes time to journal, meditate, and make lists. So today I’m offering: Gratitude for Busy Folks!

It’s simple, and it doesn’t take any additional time out of your day.

So here it is… During your morning commute, give thanks!

Yep, that’s it. As you make your way to work, list everything you’re grateful for. You can do this in your head or speak your gratitudes out loud. Sing or shout gleefully. Regardless of your approach, reflecting on the things you’re grateful for—even if only for a few minutes—is a sure-fire way to start your day in a positive frame of mind. As an added incentive, when you put out positive thoughts, you attract more positivity into your life experience.

Start your morning giving thanks and embrace the peace, love, and joy that returns to you throughout the day!

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Work – It’s What We Do, Not Who We Are!

Sedona Hutton

Sedona Hutton

Greetings from Sedona Hutton, business executive and author, meditation instructor and Reiki Master. Like most people on Planet Earth, I lead a busy life. My day job takes 50+ hours every week and I periodically take on freelance writing projects. I have an amazing husband and a sweet, but demanding curly-coated retriever, Milkduds, and two adult children who I see as often as I can. I became a grandma for the first time earlier this year…and in my spare time, I’m penning the great American novel.

My husband often calls me an overachiever. When I told him I was starting a blog, his reaction was WTF? (He can’t help it; he’s Irish!) But my intent with this blog isn’t to add another task on top of an already loaded schedule. Instead, it’s a way for me to take pause and contemplate ways to find greater peace, love, and joy in my life.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received didn’t come from one of the energy schools I’ve attended or from my spiritual studies. It didn’t come from the Chopra Center where I was certified as a meditation instructor. Instead, it came from my husband. Those who know my hubby may find that a bit shocking. He’s a self-proclaimed rebel, a free thinker who prides himself on being irreverent.
His feedback: “Work is what we do, not who we are.”

When he first said this many moons ago, I passed it off as visionary, as one of those things people said to sound good. He didn’t think my work was important? I was climbing the corporate ladder, making a difference in my organization!
Yet over the years, I’ve come to understand and even appreciate this wisdom.

Work is only one aspect of our lives and for most of us it’s not the most important. There are many roles that we play—child, parent, spouse, lover, friend, teacher, student, athlete, gardener, etc. Our lives are the compilation of each of these roles and our related experiences.

From a work perspective, we all have unique talents. But whether one is the President of the United States, a corporate executive, a teacher, or a stay-at-home mom or dad, at the deepest level, we’re all the same. Souls participating in a life experience on Earth.

Life is short. Throughout our life experience, we play many roles. Find balance in those roles. Align with your priorities. Spend time on that which makes you happy.

These days I do just that. Instead of defining my success through my career—or any other role that I’m playing—I measure my success by how much peace, love and joy is in my life.

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