I’m still talking and writing about my excitement about the new year. I recently posted about clutter clearing, and even though there were days when I didn’t want to follow the 9-day process to bring in new energy, I followed through. And I’m feeling powered up.
What are you working on in 2017? A new book? A new course? A new health program? Feel free to write a comment below. You can even use my new “Ask Kathryn” question form to ask me an question. 🙂
I’ve talked about how I’m taking a course with Marci Shimoff and Debra Poneman. I promised to keep you posted. If you’re reading this, there is a reason. I started writing this post around 5pm PST on January 11, which according to Marci, is very auspicious timing astrologically speaking.
Also at this time I participated in a call with Marci and Debra where they set us up with three key steps for a fabulous year. I’ll share with you my take on the advice:
Key #1: Set “soul-based intentions” (try to keep it to just three). They explained that “soul-based intentions” can be very different from “ego-based intentions”. How can you tell the difference?
-When you are operating from from ego, you might feel tightness, anxiety, and stress
-When you are in soul-based intentions, you feel expanded, flowing with ease, peaceful.
I’m going to tell you something funny. The title of my first book (now the bestseller Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes) was originally titled “The Smile Advantage”. My ego really liked that title, because it sounded very official and business-like. I even liked that it sounded like Shawn Achor’s “The Happiness Advantage” from Harvard.
And guess what, the the book-writing process was a nightmare, and I ended up having to do a friendly “break-up” with the publisher and start over from scratch. Yup, a real-ego based intention experience. It was stressful, constricting, and it failed.
You can still apply the “smile advantage” to your life, and I’ll give you an excerpt from the book below (which might just make you want to make your theme for the year SMILE- see key #3 below).
But the key to key #1 is watch out for the ego. An exercise we went through to be able to connect better with “soul-intentions” (not ego-based) is as follows; it is a meditation exercise from the HeartMath Institute. I’ve combined it with another exercise that I recently learned from an interview with Jean Houston:
-Sit comfortably- put hand to heart (can release oxytocin)
-Imagine that you are breathing in love (ease, openness) into your heart which each breath
-See the energy from the hearts of your friends and loved ones meeting in a vortex (in our case, of the 1400 people on the Year of Miracles journey) to support you
-Ask yourself (and write in 3 columns in you like): “What do I want from the universe”, “What does the universe want from me”, “What do the universe and I need to accomplish together?”
-Remember that its not just you setting you intention- the universe is on your side! (A study from Princeton showed that we are six times more likely to reach your goals when you use collective energy/do things in a group; Another interesting fact is that geese fly 70% farther and faster when in a group)
Key #2: Word your intentions in the most powerful way
-use the present tense
-use verbs that are uplifting- “radiate” good health
-use adjectives that juice it up
-never use “want”
-never use negative associations (where we put our intention grows)
-use the powerful “I AM”
“I wake up rested, happy, and full of love, joy and gratitude every day”
“I am overflowing with abundance which pours on me and gives me more personal power”
“I AM love”
Key #3: Pick a theme for the year. Examples: Joy, Love, Ease, Fun, Happiness, Freedom, Power
Why just one thing? The power of focus. Maybe you’d like your theme to be SMILE?
-remind yourself of your theme by putting it on a post it on your mirror
-remind yourself of your theme by painting it on a rock
-remind yourself by writing your theme on a card
Here is more on the power of smiling (an excerpt from Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes)
Embrace Your Inner Superhero – (Apply the Smile Advantage in 2017)
When I interview people on my radio show, I always ask them to smile when they talk. Believe me, you can hear it over the air! You sound more approachable and less nervous if you speak through a smile.
Smiling is part of important body language that affects you and those around you, but it’s not the only way we can impact how the world perceives us. Dr. Amy Cuddy, who is on the faculty at Harvard Business School and is a researcher of nonverbal behavior, advocates assuming dominant positioning before and during a meeting or talk to give yourself more power and influence. Wonder Woman was onto something when she assumed the wide-legged, proud stance with arms bent and hands on hips! There’s evidence that the Wonder Woman pose actually reduces your levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and raises your level of testosterone (a hormone related to strength).
Putting a smile on your face makes people see you differently. With a smile, you are viewed as more attractive, reliable, relaxed, and sincere. You are rewarding others and yourself when you smile. And because smiling is contagious, others are likely to smile back. By smiling, you release feel-good chemicals in your brain, feel more confident, project a more pleasant voice, and activate reward centers in the brains of those around you. It is always a win-win to smile.