New Me New Year


2016 numerologically is 9. The number 9 is about endings. So we are into a new 9 year cycle in 2017.

Now is a great time to reflect on the past 9 years and refocus for the next 9 years ahead.

We are already well into our first month. I wonder if you are serious about changing all that which didn’t work for you last year – because if we keep thinking the same way, we will get more of the same. This is fine if you are happy with your life as it is, but if it was a hard year with lots of stress, or you would like to enjoy life more – now is time for a change.

If I don’t change direction I could end up where I am going. (Jin Shin Jyutsu)

When you have time to sit alone, preferably in nature or in a peaceful environment here are some ideas to ponder on…

How you would like to be in 9 years from now?

When you have a good vision it is about working towards it in small steps. Every magazine we read is full of tips and techniques for a stress free life. They are inspiring, but have little impact unless we ourselves have a strong foundation / a philosophy of life and how we want to live / belief system / spiritual practice on which to apply the tips and techniques. Without a strong spiritual base life can be confusing.

What is your philosophy for living? How does it help you enjoy a happy life?

Being a yoga teacher and loving the Ayurvedic philosophy, (a sister science of Yoga about self-healing) and a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, I embrace each of these philosophies and their truths. Everyone is on their own path and will have different belief systems, but the point is, we all need a strong foundation.

Life can be cruel and without a strong foundation, inner chaos results with stress and illness.

Stress… we hear so much about it being bandied about, but it is real and most illnesses stem from stress.

Now is a wonderful time to reflect on stress that was part of your life in 2016.

Stress is our interpretation of our environment/ situation – it is not so much what happens to us, but how we interpret it. We all have lots of potential to suffer from stress:

Changes in living arrangements, deaths, births, jobs, friendships;

Bombardment of information through TVs, ads, news, emails, social media, tele marketing;

Electromagnetic pollution through radio waves, microwaves, electro-magnetic forces, cell phones;

lifestyle choices of eating processed foods, lack of sleep, chemical pollutants on body (make up, shampoos, soaps, cremes) and in house (cleaning products, modern carpets etc.) ;

Stimulants in diet (caffeine, sugars, alcohol), pharmaceutical and addictive drugs;

Social challenges of high cost of housing, high cost of living, solo parenting, lack of support, child raising, isolation; ill health, relationships at work, fears and phobias – the list goes on.


But then, Peace is not in the world; it is within yourself. (Jin Shin Jyutsu). With our modern society stress levels it is so important to find inner peace.

The only true way to find inner peace is through self-study. This is not the reading books type of self-study, but actually paying attention to yourself through your body, mind and emotions. Only you can do it.

My thoughts and my feelings create my destiny. (Jin Shin Jyutsu)

Each thought is energy. Our thoughts become our words, become our actions, habits and attitudes and our destiny. Jin Shin Jyutsu harmonises our thoughts for good health and longevity.

Without good health we cannot live a full and enjoyable life, so where can we make changes?

I believe the best starting point for self-study is to become aware of how we breathe. Breathing correctly means we receive energy to every cell in our body and breathe out correctly means we release tension and toxins from our body. Mindful breathing can change your mood in seconds. This sounds so easy but it is so hard to be aware of our breathing throughout each day.

The breath is our best teacher. Be aware of how you breathe when you are stressed and you will see how you are affecting your body – shutting off oxygen and nutrients to each cell and damming up toxins from leaving your body. Stress is like a giant tourniquet.

Every breath well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and tomorrow ecstasy. (Jin Shin Jyutsu)

How many of us can truly say we lived every breath well and yesterday was a dream?

Getting back to some hard questions that we find difficult and hence don’t really make the changes we need to make…

What values do you hold dear to your heart? Can you name some? Once you can name your values, each choice and decision you make needs to enhance your values

Do you have strong boundaries? Boundaries protect us and without them we are at the mercy of anyone and everything. Who can you let in close and who do you need to keep distance from? How can you improve your time boundaries?

Let’s make 2017 a year of good choices. And good choices need to begin with a strong foundation, solid values and boundaries and a healthy lifestyle – then we can really enjoy life. The choice is yours.

We go where our vision goes. (Jin Shin Jyutsu)

  1. A yoga class or workshop is a good way to start xx

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