Happy Bridge Week! As we head into the New Year, the most important thing you can bring with you is your…fireplace? In a sense, yes. The fireplace that is your FOCUS…a central point of attraction, attention, or activity. FOCUS is derived from the word, hearth, as the “central point” of your home or family…and one of my favorite places to hibernate this time of year. I remember in college calling my mother with my winter break requests of hot butterscotch pudding and a spot cleared off on the couch with a fire blazing in the fireplace. I still feel that way about fireplaces (and butterscotch pudding…), and so should you when it comes to your FOCUS.

To keep the fireplace within you blazing, we turn to another meaning of FOCUS: a point of convergence of light. When it comes to your FOCUS, think of light as both the energy source fueling your desires and the relative weight propelling you either toward your goals or keeping you stuck where you are. “Light” in either the energetic or vibrational (emotional) sense plays a role in accelerating what you want from the unmanifest to the manifest.

You land in the sweet spot of FOCUS when you align its three A’s (attraction, attention, and activity). You keep yourself there with an unwavering willPower-ful light source: your inner light source.

Your light source dims when your action leads with a “should” statement. Here, you lose focus quickly. This is why 99% of New Year’s resolutions fail. I “should” lose weight, I “should” hit the gym…are all forms of the same concept: “I should punish myself.” These are statements fraught with guilt, shame, and…the agenda of our ego.

Without our light-based focus, our goals will produce personal suffering, require a lot of hard work, and will remain out of reach. So, toss the resolution mindset and manifest from a place that feels good. To FOCUS on your light means to FOCUS on your desire. What do you want? How do you want to feel? Take this stronger self-loving intent into the New Year and watch what happens when your FOCUS is all lit up!

New Year meditation / exercise:
Find a comfortable seated position. Let your eyes close gently and let your hands rest comfortably in your lap. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your nose. Each time a little longer and fuller. Through belly, chest, lungs you inhale, and then exhale completely in no particular order. Feeling deeply settled, relaxed and centered in your breath, allow your mind to wander to the end of 2016.

Visualize yourself celebrating on New Year’s Eve, 2016. Who are you with? What do you look like? What are you celebrating about your life from 2016? Where has 2016 taken you? Let your imagination take over without any internal judgment of right or wrong, possible or impossible. Our emphasis is on the feeling of celebration and understanding what would feel good to us personally in that regard.

When you’re ready, open your eyes and jot down the images and feelings that come into your mind. Did anything surprise you? Use your notes to create 5-10 intentions for the New Year. Intentions start with “I am”, “I want”, or “I wish to experience”. Avoid negatives or anything that feels like an obligation, a guilt trip, or someone else’s agenda.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit