Be Here NOW

It’s holiday season. The stores are bustling. Homes are decorated. Friends and family are gathering to share in some holiday cheer. I love this time of year!

That is not the case for everyone. The holiday season can be one that brings dread. It might be filled with feelings of sadness and loneliness. For some, depression can take root due to unmet expectations, a recent loss, or the perception that you are the only one not having a great time.

This is the perfect time of year to Be Here NOW. To pause. To just ‘be’.

Resisting whatever you are experiencing, or perpetually wishing things were different than they are for you, can rob you of the present moment. This is a reminder that the present moment is the best gift you can give yourself today – and every day.

If you are already have a meditation practice, you already know what it can offer to you. If you do not, I invite you to begin with one minute of meditation each day through the holidays. (I bet you’ll be hooked …and will want to continue!)

My favorite time is in the morning. Awaken just a few minutes early. Sit up in bed (or stay lying down if you think you can be sure not to fall back asleep!), put your feel flat on the floor, back upright, hands comfortably in your lap. Set your timer for 1 minute. Close your eyes. Notice your breath. Simply observe your breath going in, breath going out. Just notice. When your timer rings, shut it off and sit for a few more seconds. In those few seconds, reflect on one thing to which you are looking forward for that day. Just one thing. See it. Hear it. Taste it. Feel it.

My friend and fellow Professional Speaker, Dave Carroll, wrote a beautiful song, which has inspired the title of this post. The lyrics are so eloquent. The message is powerful.

When There’s No Way Out There’s Still A Way Through

So Don’t Give Up Whatever You Do

Surrender To Moments And Things As They Are

From The Gaps In Your Catch-22’s

When There’s No Way Out There’s Still A Way Through

Take a listen. You’ll fall in love with his beautiful voice, and even more beautiful message.

Wrap up this priceless present to yourself. Be Here NOW.

Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! A TEDx Speaker, Author, and Organizational consultant, Deri works with organizations who want to create happy and healthy workplaces for increased positivity, productivity and prosperity!

How to Make it a NEW Year

What do you want this NEW year?
What do you want this NEW year?

The common greeting at this time of year is ‘Happy New Year’. It can be heard in every boardroom, hallway, and grocery store across the country. It seems to be like other common greetings – ‘How are you?’; ‘Have a good day!’ – just something we all say, but rarely think about (whether we are asking it or responding to it).

I was thinking about changing things up a bit. Instead of wishing you a Happy New Year – I am going to wish you a NEW year.

That’s exactly what you want, isn’t it? Something new. Something different. You might want it to be happy – or you might want it to be energizing, challenging, adventurous or mindful.?Perhaps if we remove the descriptive word, ‘happy’, and just leave ‘new’, we will all think a little more deeply about what we want to create in 2015.

I thought about this as our family was sharing our ‘Happy New Year’ greetings this year while overlooking the Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Bay was filled with beautifully decorated sail boats positioned to watch the fire works being launched from the coast.?Am I truly focused on what I want for the new year, I wondered? Are we simply going through the motions, using the ‘same old’ salutation without much consideration about what it means to each of us?

So, in honour of the Pacific Ocean and the sparkly sail boats still clear in my memory, here’s a little nautical formula to follow as you embark on your 2015 experience:

Navigate: Decide what you want for this year. What descriptive word resonates with you? Are you seeking energy, challenge, adventure, mindfulness – or are you seeking reflection, calm, peace, spunk, or glee? Choose the destination (pick the descriptive word – or words), as any great navigator does. Then think about the first three steps you can take to create that experience for yourself. Put them in your calendar.

Echo:Like a sonar device – pay attention to the signals you are receiving. Each time you get a positive signal that matches one of your descriptive words (that informs you that you are on the right path), notice it, and then send it back out to the universe to create a ripple effect (if you are seeking energy, and you notice you are experiencing it, do something to send energy back out). An echo works very much like the principle of reciprocity in relationships – you get more of what you give.

Weather: A ship that is easily sailed or manoeuvred is considered ‘weatherly’; it is strong and able to withstand high winds and storm conditions. Think about what you need to do so that you are able to weather the storms that will come your way this year. Obvious things include keeping yourself physically healthy. Add to that some less-than-obvious routines to keep yourself psychologically healthy – a practice of mindfulness, positive affirmations to begin your day, a visit to a coach or counsellor (or a really good friend) who can help you sort out the small things that come up, before they become more difficult to manage.

I am curious – how will you make 2015 a NEW year?

Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! She is one of fewer than 10% of speakers globally who hold the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the international measure of excellence for professional competence, proven experience, and optimal client satisfaction. Deri combines a business degree in human resources management with 20 years of experience engaging audiences across every business sector. Deri provides inspiration and information to create psychologically healthy organizations for increased positivity, productivity, and prosperity!