Gung Hoi Fat Choi
If your resolutions of January 1st are feeling shaky, you can use Chinese Lunar New Year to re-energize your intentions for the new year.
Resolutions and intentions are very similar. Intentions multiply the power of feng shui cures. New Years is a great time to review and renew your feng shui intentions.
Because feng shui is a growing art and science we can use the insights of modern psychology and philosophy to help us make more effective intentions.
Read these tips on how to make the most of your resolutions from Richard Holton, a philosopher at MIT and the author of Willing, Wanting, Waiting. With more than a decade studying choices, decisions and willpower Holton has some of the following insights:
- Making resolutions without specific actions will make you feel good about yourself, but will not change your behavior or give you the outcomes you desire. Make resolutions that are specific, with positive do-able action steps that can become part of your routine. And then do them. Instead of saying “I will lose weight this year;” say “ I will cut out carbohydrates to lose weight.”
- Once made, don’t overthink your resolutions. “You can sabotage even the most effective resolution,” says Holton, “by indulging your thinking mind and rethinking it too soon and too often.” A good resolution is a rule we make for ourselves and follow. It is a choice made that eliminates other choices, and the chances to talk yourself out of doing something. If you are on a low-carb diet overthinking can lead you to rationalizing a pasta dinner to yourself with “it won’t ruin my diet.”
- If a resolution is difficult to keep ask yourself what is getting in the way. Look deeper into your motives, emotions and rationalizations. You can gain some positive learning from a “failed” resolution. If you can’t stick to a low-carb diet ask yourself what is preventing this? Do carbs boost your mood? Do you crave sweet carbs? Is this the right diet for you? Are you really motivated to lose weight at this time?
Learn more about psychology and resolutions and intentions with Why Your Subconscious Sabotages You & How to Use Psychology to Craft Successful Resolutions.
To celebrate the New Year eat a juicy orange citrus fruit (orange, tangerine, or clementine) The orange color of the fruit symbolizes gold which represents wealth. The sweetness of the fruit establishes a sweet year for you. If you are on that low-carb diet, then eat fish, which symbolizes prosperity.
photo by Brett Jordan