Giving up Resolutions for Something New

Hello Friends.

It’s almost time for the new year. I’ve noticed that many people dislike New Year’s. All the pressure to make (and fulfill) resolutions can dampen the spirit of this fresh do-over of a season. (It’s too bad really, because who doesn’t need a do-over from time to time?!)

The threat-and-resistance combo that comes with classic New Year’s Resolutions is one of the reasons why we don’t do them in my online soulcare community, Flock. Instead, we set intentions. More specifically, we allow god/the universe/spirit/intuition set our intention. How? With a guided meditation that helps us find our guiding-star word for the year. (You are welcome to join us!)

Now, I know what you might be thinking. Sometimes all this spirituality stuff can feel a bit pie-in-the-sky. Isn’t it all just navel gazing and wishful thinking?

Like any spiritual exercise, sometimes meditation brings clarity, and sometimes it’s just 5 minutes of sitting still. That being said, our January guided meditation practice in Flock has proven to be a powerful experience for many Flock members. (I love hearing what word’s they have received, and writing personal blessings for each one!)

Since I don’t want to tell tales outside the nest, I’ll share my experience instead. Here’s a little story about where the meditation came from, and how it impacted me.


Thinking about joining Flock? That would delight us to no end! Now is a great time because you’ll get the January video lesson about the differences between resolutions and intentions, and learn how to set a powerful intention. And you’ll be in the nest in time for my new-for-2013 mid-month videos for some extra soulcare. Plus, if you join now you’ll get grandmothered in at our current $15 a month rate. (It’s going up soon.) And, you’ll be here in time for me to write a personalized blessing for you for 2013! Of course, you can stop and start at anytime, if it doesn’t scratch where it itches. So do come along! Welcome home. 

Meghan @ Making Love In The Kitchen December 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My meditation practice has been sparked up again and it is making all the difference in the world. What I wonder about these resolutions is why do we keep making them, when we never keep them? And I also can’t help but imagine would the world would be like if everyone did keep their resolutions. Hmmm…

Rachelle January 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

It’s that divide between orthodoxy (right thinking) and orthopraxis (right action), isn’t it? We make the resolutions and feel that this should somehow evoke change. But without the corresponding change in behavior/practice, we remain in the same spot.

Meditation makes us more aware of the present, and perhaps that awareness empowers us to change our practices/behavior–because we are in touch with what our behaviors are doing to or for us in that very moment?

Just some thoughts….

The Creative Beast December 30, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thank your for sharing your wonderful story and sharing it through VIDEO! This is the first video I have watched of you and your voice is lovely and soothing, just like your writing voice =-)
I usually complete the Word Of The Year worksheets to find my word and add an ‘adjective’ for further clarity and I have really enjoyed having a word to follow throughout the year. It really is nicer than setting resolutions!
A Happy New Year to you and your family and may 2013 bring abundant possibilities!

Rachelle January 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

What is your word this year? (Curious minds love to know!)

I’m glad you liked the video. I’m doing one every week for my new show Relig-ish at Sogo. And I’ll be doing several casual videos a month for my online community Flock. Now that I’m a little better at recording and uploading them, I can do them more often. (Oh the mean 0le’ learning curve!)

Happy new year!

Lynne December 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

Lovely. Much love to you in the new year!

Rachelle January 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

And you as well, Ms. Lynne!

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