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Resolution-makers establish goals, hopes, dreams for 2019

December 30, 2018
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Carla Richardson, of Crum, W.Va., works on finishing her New Year's wish bottle at Avalon New Age Shop on Saturday in Ashland.

HUNTINGTON — With the new year just around the corner, people are pondering and planning their resolutions in hopes of making 2019 a better year than the rest.

A couple of local organizations hosted events Saturday to give resolution-makers a launch pad for making and finalizing the goals they want to work toward in the upcoming year.

Avalon New Age Shop in Ashland hosted a New Year’s wishing bottle workshop for participants to cast their 2019 hopes and dreams into the universe. The wishes were placed in bottles before adding a variety of herbs and then sealing the bottle with wax, a practice that comes from Wicca and pagan traditions.

Karma Yoga Institute hosted a meditation workshop Saturday afternoon at PeaceTree Center for Wellness in East Pea Ridge. The workshop, titled “Meditate & Manifest: Keep Your New Year’s Resolution,” aimed to give participants a set of tools based on yoga and meditation practices to take them on their personal goal-achieving journeys.

Jeannie Harrison, CEO and founder of Karma Yoga Institute, led the meditation workshop. She said people make New Year’s resolutions because “human nature is to be slightly unsatisfied with our lives and ourselves at all times.”

Theoretically speaking, the date is arbitrary. Anyone can choose to begin to make a life change or set a goal at any point. Harrison said people choose the calendar change as a launch pad because it is charged with hopeful energy.

“We use this marker because we often put off the things that we want to improve about ourselves,” Harrison said. “Starting a new year feels fresh and new and alive, and it’s full of potential. When we’re looking at improving our lives, we can really get caught up in all the stuff in our way and can be thinking that we aren’t good enough, that we don’t have enough time. We’re in scarcity. A new year is 365 days of possibility. So we’re in that headspace that is already positive and ready.”

Some people set tangible goals, like running or reading 100 books, which have a physical aspect that can be measured and tracked. Other goals can be more internalized, such as “be nicer.” To track these, Harrison said it’s important to visualize what changes need to be made in order to realize the goal.

“The unit of measurement is life satisfaction,” Harrison said.

For example, Harrison’s resolution is to cultivate and develop deeper friendships. What this looks like for her includes making more phone calls and making more plans with friends.

To stay on track, Harrison recommends placing little reminders in obvious places, like putting a pom-pom on the flush handle on the toilet — it’s a place that is used and touched every day.

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