Thursday, January 5, 2012

Resolutions Journey group Jan. 2012

Resolutions were researched, the two lists on what are the most popular New Year's Resolution are below. We had a discussion on them the feedback was great along with personal resolutions we had made. Each person drew a card for the theme of the year as their own 2012 resolution.
A message from God was given to the group about the New Year. A prayer for anxiety that Michelle found is included. Thanks Michelle.


New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make
and resolve to follow through on those changes. Are your New Year resolutions on this top ten list?
1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than
50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.
2. Fit in Fitness
The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis.In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.
3. Tame the Bulge
Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions.
Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program.
4. Quit Smoking
If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit,
over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you've tried to quit before and failed, don't let it get you down. On average,smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life!
5. Enjoy Life More
Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years. It's an important step to a happier and
healthier you! Consider holistic healing, bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Or just get out and try something new!
6. Quit Drinking
While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available.
7. Get Out of Debt
Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It's a promise that will repay itself many times 0ver in the year ahead.
8. Learn Something New
Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep.
9. Help Other
A popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help.
10. Get Organized
On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal.
Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.


Popular New Year's Resolutions

These New Year's resolutions are popular year after year. Find resources to help you achieve your goals.

* Drink Less Alcohol
* Eat Healthy Food
* Get a Better Education
* Get a Better Job
* Get Fit
* Lose Weight
* Manage Debt
* Manage Stress
* Quit Smoking
* Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
* Save Money
* Take a Trip
* Volunteer to Help Others


Work less, work often it doesn't matter as long as you love what you do. The choice is this be miserable or be joyful. The bliss in life you often find disappears and reappears by the circumstances in your life. Do not let circumstances control you. You know better than that. There is a continually stream of source energy for you to plug into this year each year it doesn't disappear. Often we find the holiday season to be a stressful time with all the extra trimmings a holiday can roll in, but don't let that overwhelm you instead find a new way to celebrate your life. The celebrations we have gotten use to often miss the whole meaning to the event instead keep it simple and blissful.

This group who assembles this evening and all who pass on this info will learn to adjust to all the seasons of their life. Lives are meant to be lived to the fullest and you can only do that when you resolve what is troubling you deep inside.
So pick a card and focus on the theme and the new Year you are in.


Here's the link to the anxiety prayer on the Guideposts website:

Here's the actual content pasted into this email:

Breathing Prayer: Devotions for Anxiety
By Julia Attaway, January 4, 2012
Can we talk anxiety? You know what I mean: that roiling inner whirlwind, the blinding, gut-wrenching, confusion-making state of being that takes over our hearts and minds from time to time. When anxiety’s got you in its grip, it’s hard to avoid worrying about tomorrow. It’s difficult to adopt a Jeremiah 29:11 attitude. Sometimes it seems all we can do is shove our fears heavenward and hope God takes them away. I think there’s a better way. Anxiety works on a very primitive level. It has a physical component which we can counteract by applying a physical remedy. Several years ago I learned that there’s actually a right way to breathe to reduce anxiety and stress. The Harvard Health Blog calls it breath control. The technique has certain similarities with prayerful meditation, and since it’s completely compatible with faith, I personally call it “breathing prayer.” Try this: Close your eyes and inhale slowly, imagining pulling the Spirit in so fully that it fills every pore of your body. Make sure your stomach expands; you want to be pregnant with peace. Exhale slowly through your nose.You can pray while you do this (though if you’re anxious when you start, you probably won’t think of it until after a few breaths, when your head starts to clear). Simple prayers work best:
While inhaling While exhaling
Come Holy Spirit… fill my heart
Lord Jesus… grant me your peace
Lord Jesus… I love you
If you practice when you’re not in the throes of wild anxiety, it will be easier to pray this way
when you are. But “breathing prayer” is a good addition to any regular prayer time. Anything that clears the head and calms the body frees us up to hear God better. And that’s what prayer is all about.

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