Southampton yoga teacher Stella with her joy jar
My Joy Jar 2016

Happy New Year!  Goodbye to 2016 – a very, ahem, “interesting” year for Britain and the world… How was it for you?

Hello 2017! Here’s to a calm and soulful year of reconnection. Let’s make 2017 a wonderful year of kindness, self-care and compassion.

Would you like to feel more joyful? More present? At peace, calm and contented?

Then start this new year as you mean to go on: choose an attitude of gratitude and notice the joyful moments that occur each and every day in your life. You just need open eyes and a willing heart and you will see them.

No matter the measure of health and wellbeing you have. No matter the challenges you are facing. There is always something which can spark joy.

Maybe it’s the robin jumping around in the garden. The blue-green sheen on a Mallard’s head. The pattern of raindrops as they roll down the window. The rustle of leaves in the breeze. The pattern of frost on a leaf. The smile of a loved one. The feeling of understanding as you chat with a friend. Quiet-time alone to recharge your batteries.

Everyday there will be something in your life which connects you to your heart, to joy, to the present moment.

See it as a mindfulness practice. Being open to this moment and whatever it brings you.

Gift this present moment your full attention and you will be rewarded with food for the soul.

Create a jar of joy

Last year I created a Joy Jar on 1 January 2016 and whenever the fancy took me I wrote down on a little slip of paper something which had brought me joy that day.

So if I had a crappy day or my inner critic was getting particularly shouty I would dip in to be reminded of the good in my life and simple pleasures.

Here are the first three I pulled out as I changed over to begin my 2017 jar:

  • Sipping wine on a terrace overlooking the Alhambra in Granada;
  • Cherry blossom against the evening sunlight glow;
  • Tree roots in Avebury.

It made me smile and feel so joyful to read them.

Looking back through all of them – it was all about experiences with my husband, or walks in nature, or noticing a sunset or lovely comments from my yoga students. There was nothing materialistic in there.  There was no “ooh I increased my revenue by 10% this month” or “woah, I’ve got 100 more Facebook likes than this time last year”.

No, it was about mindfulness of simple things which brought me true joy.

Joy and wisdom jars
My jars for 2017

I’ve started a new jar for 2017 as well as a soul wisdom jar where I put any leftover wisdom quotes which I give out at the end of each one of my weekly yoga classes.

So much better than new year’s resolutions!

So, instead of berating myself for having a glass of wine when I’m supposed to be having a dry January or feeling guilty for eating some chocolate when I’d resolved to give up sugar for January, I focus on what is good in my life.

I notice, value and savour simple pleasures and revel in natural beauty. I’ll notice little things which make my heart sing. And write them down and pop them in my joy jar.

And do you know what? I’ve noticed that when I’m present and joyful and content I am always so much more creative and efficient. I get stuff done.

Choose joy and gratitude and notice how your life flows so much more easily.

Over to You

What would you put in your jar today?  Share in the comments below – I’d love to hear!

What next

Feel Calm & Clear for 2017

Yoga & meditation to feel Calm and Clear for 2017Saturday 14 January  2017 | 2-5pm
Woodpecker Hall at Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9LH | Google maps link

Ready to welcome 2017 with clarity, calmness and enthusiasm?

A joyful journey awaits you on 14 January 2017.

Through mindful movement you’ll boost your circulation, and then you’ll experience deep relaxation to enable your body to rest and heal and your mind to become calmer. Using meditations you’ll identify what you’re ready to let go of from 2016 and welcome in new and positive attitudes for the year ahead.

If you’re ready to move ahead  with clarity and calm confidence then grab your spot at this empowering and inspiring workshop now.

Get 2017 underway with calmness and joy!

book-now2£30 Standard in advance
£35 on the day
 Or contact me to pay by online bank transfer, cash or cheque.

And also…

Weekly yoga classes:  press pause in your busy week with mindful movement, breathing and relaxation with weekly Dru Yoga classes in Southampton, and Bishopstoke (near Eastleigh).

Monthly Friday night Restorative Yoga Class: Rest & Restore  in Eastleigh. Treat yourself to blissfully relaxing experiences; make time just for you to nourish your mind, body and soul.

Yoga workshops & events: give yourself the time and space to breathe, open, relax and let go with yoga, relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

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Make joy your resolution this year
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