© C. Pic Michel Jan 1, 2004
So often when we speak of making resolutions we are thinking about what we want to change or bring into our experience. We decide we want change what we eat, our spending habits, go back to school, find a new job, or end some habit that might be dangerous. Taking a look at our lives we ask, how things work. Do the ways we process and live our lives and interact with others work for or against us?
Interestingly, in this computer pixilated age, resolution has another meaning and that is how well the picture we are viewing can be seen. If the picture is low resolution what we are seeing may be blurry, soft around the edges and missing details. If the picture is high resolution, that is extremely detailed with many more pieces of information, we can see more clearly and appreciate much more of what we are looking at. Making a resolution then may result in some change or addition to our lives, but the way it comes about is through setting our intent, sharpening our focus and taking action based on the intent we have set.
Resolutions that take hold are not limited to particular situations or circumstances. Resolutions that work focus on a commitment to stalk for prey as a Jaguar moving on our chosen path, inch by inch, identifying and exploring with what works and doesn't work for us in order to facilitate change. We strive to fly like the Eagle high above the scene with an eye on the goal for which the path was started, dreaming in line with our intent seeing limiting patterns and negative habits, and catching them moving them toward transformation in line with our intent. Such resolutions transform what was circumstantial into a whole life application. A desire to "change what we eat", becomes changing what we feed our minds, we stalk and transform negative self-talk into truth. "Changing our spending habits" is raised to the level of stalking what we pay attention to. Is it an investment in our new dream or is allowing this sort of expenditure going to be costly leaving us little change? When we "go back to school" we become teachable and willing to learn new strategies with which we can expand our life experiences. When we "change jobs", we are looking for a way of focusing our energy that will be more satisfying and rewarding.
We take on all of these resolutions as we resolve to awaken to ourselves and end the dangerous habit of living without awareness or responsibility for our own living. We empower ourselves to do whatever we desire with our whole being and our being whole. So as we ponder the resolutions we would like to come into focus in our lives, let us not limit ourselves to outcomes and circumstances. Let us train our thought on the way the entirety of life is formed and do our work there. For when we do this inside work, then everything else will follow along sure-footed on a path that is well constructed and supportive of all our hearts' desires.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. --Abraham Lincoln