By LODRO RINZLER
recently read that only eight percent of the millions of Americans who
make New Year’s resolutions actually stick with them. It’s certainly not
easy to make positive changes in your life, but there are contemplative
tools you can engage that can help.
you want to create a change in your life, you can begin by clarifying
your intention for doing so. Start by sitting up straight, taking a few
minutes to check in with your body. Notice where you are tense and allow
those muscles to relax. Once you are settled, turn your mind to the
physical sensation of your breathing. Tune in to the natural flow of
both your in-breath and your out-breath. After three or so minutes of
this simple meditation, allow your mind to move on to contemplating
“What is my motivation for change?”
Lodro Rinzler is a Shambhala Buddhist teacher and the author of The Buddha Walks Into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation.