History of making resolutions
you’re not the type to sit still and focus in total silence, you can try walking meditation, tai chi, or yoga. I set my phone alarm for 2 p.m. every day. When it sounds, no matter what I’m doing, I focus on at least five breaths. It’s amazingly helpful.
Finally, consider what history has to say. The habit of making resolutions began thousands of years ago. Babylonians and Romans were required to annually pledge allegiance to their emperor and promise the gods they’d make amends for hurting others. The latter is inspiring. Years ago, a severely overweight couple came to see me to help them begin eating healthier. My prescription? I insisted they volunteer at a food kitchen for the homeless. They started losing weight immediately. When we help relieve the suffering of others, we become much more compassionate with ourselves.
So, three resolutions: Learn the practice of mindfulness, start exercising, and find a way to actively relieve the suffering of others.
Cliff Bostock, PhD, is a longtime Atlanta food critic and former psychotherapist who now practices life coaching for creative types; 404-518-4415.