Breaking old habits and forming new ones always takes time, but it is worth it in the end. – Joyce Meyer.
Some of the benefits of mindfulness are being able to respond more effectively to difficult situations and becoming more resilient.
One of the ways to facilitate this is by first recognising what is not working in your life right now and making efforts to reconcile it.
Sometimes in order to grow as a person, and to become more mindful,
We need put ourselves through a bit of a ‘life detox.’
And one way to do this is by acknowledging that there has been a crack or an area of weakness that you just need to get right.
Cracks are those things that eat away at our subconscious but that we rarely do anything about (because we’ve put them in the too hard basket, or the for another day basket!).
Things like bad attitudes, toxic relationships, negative self talk, bad habits and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
The list goes on.
By circling the cracks and simply giving attention to these,
We give ourselves a fresh chance to evaluate and envision our lives in a different light.
Some people call it personal growth,
Others healing and restoration,
But if you see it as like a detox for the soul,
Or a spiritual and mental cleanse,
It should make spotting the impurities easier.
So questions I often ask myself when looking for cracks are these:
Are there toxic relationships that I am involved in that need to be removed?
Do I have bad habits that I’d like to see less of in 2017? eg. Am I an emotional eater, do I indulge too much in ‘mum guilt.’
Do I harbour negative attitudes about myself that inhibit my growth as a person and as a contributing member of society? eg. do I have ungodly mindsets about my identity, do I have low self worth?
My questions for you this Christmas are these:
- What cracks do you have in your life right now? Be honest with yourself. Try and list 5 habits, relationships, attitudes you currently have that you need to put a big red circle around and call it quits on.
- What new habits, relationships and attitudes would you like to see put in their place? Try and replace these with 5 new ones.
- Go and buy yourself something that will signify the end of the the season of ‘that crack.’ It might sound like a crazy idea, but every time you look at it you’ll be reminded of the decision you made to end that thing in your life.
Cate is a mum, wife, singer, song writer, pastor, teacher and blogger. She is the Founder of The Inspire Collective – a creative network for women in Perth and is one of the writers for Kinwomen and 98five Sonshine FM.