Two easy resolutions for 2016

"Love yourself first so you know what you deserve." 
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I know 2016 is only a few days old, but I'm in love with it already. The main reason? It's the year Shift Bars will launch!!!!! I get goose bumps every time I think of you trying them for the first time, so stayed tuned...

Today I wanted to check in with you about resolutions. Have you made any yet? Have you broken any yet? :-)

Every year, I made a point to make a list of resolutions sure to transform my life into absolute perfection in only 365 days.

How many times did that work? Yep, you guessed it - never.

So this year I decided to change things up a bit, and resolved only to do two very simple things. Things that had nothing to do with big, shiny outcomes or rewards. Things that didn't entail me losing weight, making millions of dollars or finding the love of my life.

First, I resolved to meditate every day for at least 10 minutes.

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Yes, I've meditated regularly for years. No, I've never done it every single day for a year.

I'd go for weeks totally on it, and then one day, feeling off my game, realized it had been days since I had last sat on my cushion.

Or I'd tell myself that the nap I took or the time spent listening to Abraham-Hicks counted as meditation.

Not anymore.

This year, I've promised myself that I will sit upright for ten minutes in silence every day. Why?

I know the health benefits. I know that meditating regularly strengthens my immune response, decreases blood pressure, increases resistance to stress, and reduces damage to my DNA.

But my reason is simpler than all that. For me, meditating is the best way to get back to the real me. That still, quiet place inside that is boundless, fearless and pure love. That place that knows things are always working out for me no matter what. That place that knows that I do, in fact, create my reality.

If you've never meditated - or never done it regularly - please consider joining me. I can't think of a resolution that will bring you more bang for your buck in 2016...

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...except maybe my second resolution: To love myself like I would a child. Now, as you may know, I don't have any children and don't plan to, but I have a mother and know many, so I know there is nothing stronger than a mother's love.

I've just never dared to love myself that much.

What does loving myself that fiercely look like? To me, it simply means cutting myself some slack. Giving up the judgment. Talking to myself with praise and adoration instead of condemnation and comparison.

Just as I would never berate a child for falling down while learning to walk, I'm going to become an expert at soothing myself when I make a "mistake".

There is a method to my madness. If my first resolution is designed to bring clarity about what I want, this second one is the way I allow those things in. Because how can the Universe give you what you've asked for if you don't believe you're worthy of receiving it? CLICK TO TWEET

Your turn - what are your 2016 resolutions? Going to join me in mine? Please tell me all about it over on the Shift Bars Facebook page so we can help each other stick to them.

Wishing you the best year ever!
Emily

PS- My episode of Your Worst Nightmare airs in one week (Wednesday, January 13th at 9PM EST) on the Discovery ID Channel. Please check it out!