New Years Revolution (Re-Love-ution!)Written by Kellie Jones March 1, 2017
Happy Happy 2017 everyone! It has been an incredibly different holiday period for me this year due to feeling so healthy, happy and grateful. With my #selfloveplan well underway I actually taught some classes over Christmas for the first time ever, not because I needed to but because I was so excited to actually feel energetic enough to want to give. This is totally due to taking a radically different approach to how life ‘should’ be and making my own rules about how I want to feel each day. I sincerely hope and pray that you are healthy and happy too as we enter not just a new year but what I strongly believe to be the start of a global paradigm shift, (a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions).
New Year’s resolutions seem to be something that we have had to do alone with our own willpower and if we fail to keep it up then we are somehow lacking in strength of character, (see meaning below). This approach is just destined to bring about a feeling of ‘not good enough’.
1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
Synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, aspiration, design, purpose, object, plan;
2.the quality of being determined or resolute.
Synonyms: determination, purpose, purposefulness, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, strength of will, strength of character, will power, firmness, firmness of purpose, fixity of purpose, intentness, decision, decidedness
For the past 2 years I have been on an intense journey of self-study or what yogi’s know as the 4th Niyama, Swadhyaya. We can often go through life without looking deeply within ourselves. The yogi is encouraged to engage in self-reflection by analysing the impact we have on others through our thoughts, words and actions. With a noticeable rise in the popularity of yoga and meditation it is clear we are searching for more than just a quick fix. According to a 2016 Yoga in America Study: There are 36.7M US yoga practitioners, up from 20.4M in 2012!
1.a forcible overthrow of a social order, in favour of a new system. Rebellion, revolt, uprising, mutiny, rising.
One of the most noticeable changes I have witnessed by spending purposeful time taking care of myself is the effect it has had on those around me. I am certain that part of the positive changes for me have come through choosing to spend more time with those raise my energy and less with those who deplete it. There is something incredibly energising and almost euphoric when you have received as much love and support as you have given. How would it be if we were to overthrow the social conditioning of the past few thousand years by rebelling against feeling bad! The prime message of the hummingbird animal totem is: "The sweetest nectar is within." They remind us to seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day, not something that is actively encouraged by our current social systems!
At Hummingbird we aim to do everything in our power to alter the course of that, not just by offering classes and workshops but to grow a community where we support each other’s recovery from the feeling of not being good enough to feeling amazing, connected and recognised for our individuality.