As the New Year begins, a whole machinery starts up to sell us healthy living – go to the gym! Join a new pilates group! Eat better with this new kitchen gadget! Eat this new superfood! Meditate with us! Go to counselling and get yourself happier! I don't know about you, but I feel weary at the very thought of all these orders.
Putting aside the response of a cynical society, this darkest part of the year is a good time to consider whether we are feeling good about our life. Are we happy in our family and friends? Are we doing work that fulfils us? Do our bodies and minds feel in sync? It's a good time to reach inside us and see if there is an impulse from our soul to do something different with our lives. Maybe there is, maybe there isn't. There's a lot to be said for simply learning to love what we have in life, and to let go of constant striving.
And of course there are plenty of ways to improve our state of being without spending money. A walk in the fresh air – in a woods, or the countryside if possible – can be life enhancing. Looking at some art, listening to some music, or simply having some quiet – or quality – time on our own or with our loved ones can work wonders.
However you start 2016, I hope you find what you're wanting and needing.