Kinder, Gentler New Year's Resolutions

Kinder, Gentler New Year's Resolutions

When I do this exercise myself, I use a few drops of a Young Living essential oil blend that contains balsam fir, rosewood and frankincense—the heady combination is both grounding and stimulating for the mind. It strongly encourages our belief in our limitless potential and our innate ability to improve, and can spur us to stop procrastinating and take positive action towards our goals.

Once your “Being” list feels complete, let it steep for a day or so then go back and review. What ways of being do you need to engage more of? Less of? What additional ways do you need to embody in order to cultivate a balanced and expanded spectrum of Being? Now envision yourself embracing and expressing some of the more unfamiliar ways of being; see yourself in interactions with others, especially challenging ones. Picturing difficult scenarios ahead of time allows us time to figure out best approaches and play out possible outcomes. When a previously challenging interaction eventually occurs in person, you may be surprised by how quickly a powerful intent matched with the appropriate ways of being can shift previously difficult situations.

It may take some experimentation before you are comfortable with new ways of being—give yourself time to experience and assimilate them. You will soon have access to more than you thought and this awareness will proffer more choices. When you then assess a situation and present your best “you” for the job, you will feel levelheaded and emboldened.

To begin 2014, you may want to choose one overarching way of being to guide you for the year, or one way of being to focus on per month. You engage your ways of being every day: how you show up already influences everything you do. It’s when you become conscious of the details that you can alter your approach and significantly affect the outcome of your customary to-do lists.

May you cross the threshold of the changing years Being your best self! Happy New Year.


Laura Freundlich holds a Master’s in Holistic Health Education, is a nutrition educator, a natural foods chef, a yoga teacher and a Young Living Essential Oils health advisor. To learn how to integrate nutrition, yoga, mindfulness practices or essential oils into your life for greater health and vibrancy, contact Laura at