It’s ironic the way most New Years resolutions call for action, often extreme action, during a time nature is at rest. We go against nature and wonder why we quickly lose steam. Resolutions to get in shape, eat better, and drink less alcohol are great, but I think the timing a unrealistic. It is unrealistic to push change when nature calls for rest and repose. Using the wisdom of harmony to flow with the quiet laziness of the season it is possible to approach your resolutions with respect and kindness.
Instead of expecting crazy change and lots of activity it is more effective to use the winter season as a time of reflection, contemplation, and reassessment of what has and hasn’t worked for you in the previous year. Perform nurturing activities like stretching, yoga, tai chi, qigong, strolls, and warm baths. Journal, diary, meditate, and read books to further reflect and contemplate. Lay the ground work for the coming months. Plan to increase the energy of your activities with the seasons. Work with nature rather than against it. To have harmony, be in harmony. Be present and non-resistant to the way thing are and let clarity bring you new awareness and wise choices to act upon. This is the way to living in the moment is a kind way.