I looked at my intentions for 2009 to see how faithful I was. I know most people make resolutions and don't keep them. Amazingly, I adhered to most of my pledges.
I meditate almost every day for twenty to thirty minutes. I use a couple of methods for my meditation. I pop in Yoga Zone--Meditation and follow Alan Finger's instructions. He has two foci to help facilitate meditation; alternative nostril breathing and chakra guided imagery. I always feel refreshed and centered after completing my session with Finger.
Another meditation aid that I found was by Max Highstein. He has a guided imagery selection for meditation and I downloaded Healing Waterfall. It has a soothing female voice that leads the listener through a series of natural settings. I highly recommend it if you need rejuvenation or are battling an illness.
As for my resolution to relax, I have been entertaining myself more now that I have time off from school. I wasn't always as faithful in taking breaks from homework. My physics class took up a lot of my personal timeI did read a lot of books this fall. My favorites were: Sag Harbor: A Novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Zeitoun, and Juliet, Naked.
I was successful at reducing my portion sizes for meals. By Michael purchasing luncheon plates and small bowls, I did reach my goal weight. It was tough learning not to snack between meals and cut out second helpings. My typical meal consists of half a plate of vegetables with one quarter protein and one quarter starch. If I am exceptionally hungry, I will take seconds on vegetables only.
I pledge to change the following behaviors for 2010: continue the new behaviors I acquired in 2009, read more to my children, and increase my volunteering at school or church. I will let you know how those resolutions stick at the end of 2010.
I hope that your year has been fruitful and enjoyable. I wish you peace, health and happiness for the new year. May you aspire for change and be successful in 2010.