It’s a new dawn.
It’s a new day.
It’s a new life for me.
And I’m feelin’ good.
This year I’m focusing my resolute intention on continuing to evolve as a free-thinking individual — mind, body, and soul. Here are some of the ways I plan to do just that:
Revitalize My Mind
Read More Liberty-Minded Philosophy
I plan to read a new libertarian, objectivist, individualist, anarchist, agorist, or voluntaryist book each week. I seek to broaden my horizons even further and learn even more about these philosophies that I love and find so interesting. I want to continue to challenge my long-held views and see if they still hold up. Re-examine old ways of thinking.
I already read these types of literature on a regular basis, but I know I can do more. There’s still so much to learn! And still so much to teach my children, so that they can teach their children, and so on. So little time, so much to read!
Starting this year, I will delve into researching the works of all the great free thinkers, and then tell others about my favorites, and about what I’ve learned from them. I will share the works and writings of those great free thinkers here, and with my family and friends both in person and on social media. These ideas were made to be shared!
Start Brush Fires of Freedom in the Hearts and Minds of Others
Continue to sow seeds of liberty in the hearts and minds of my spouse, my children, my extended family, and my friends.
- This year, I plan to tell my friends and family about every great liberty-minded book I’ve read—new or old—and give them a copy or send them a link so they can read it themselves and maybe even share it with others.
- I will open up to my extended family and my friends about what I’ve learned on my quest for liberty, peace, healthy living, and about my transition as a free-thinking individual.
- This year, I will adopt a willingness to listen and learn. When others have something to say, I will listen to them. Really listen. I won’t assume. I won’t argue. I won’t insult them. And I won’t talk down to them. I will encourage their questions, listen to what they have to say, and acknowledge their concerns. I will do my best to always respond with equanimity and compassion. You catch more flies with honey.
Renew My Body
My body is a temple. My temple. The temple of me.
This year, I aim to keep it sacred, to honor it, and quit treating it like a trashcan.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise or movement each day, without exception.
- This year, I plan to walk outside in the fresh air for at least 30 minutes every day to get the blood pumping and boost my heart rate. I used to do this habitually, ritually, and I absolutely loved it. I was also in excellent shape and looked and felt great! I want to get back to that place.
- Recruit a friend or family member to walk with me whenever I can. Maybe I can even turn it into a regular routine for our mutual benefit.
- If walking alone, I will consider combining my walk with a mindfulness meditation.
- Whenever possible, I’ll venture out of my neighborhood and out into the wilderness. There’s so much beautiful untouched desert nearby. I’ll find a path, or forge my own path — the path less taken, where the State is nowhere to be seen.
‘You are what you eat’, as they say. As a freedom-lover, opposed to violence, cruelty, and injustice, I’ve made a steady progression over the years towards eating increasingly ethically. In September of 2016, I made the informed choice to go Vegan. I’m so glad I did!
Some other excellent ethical dietary lifestyles (if you’re interested) include:
- Ethical grocery shopping
- Locavore (local, in-season food)
- Weston A. Price ancestral diet and wise traditions
- Dr. Mark Hyman’s so-called “Pegan” way of eating.
- “Veggan” (basically following a vegan diet, but also eating eggs)
Reinvigorate My Soul
Whether it’s just finding time to meditate for 3 minutes during a hectic day, or luxuriating in a full half-hour of Kirtan Kriya — this year, and from now on, I won’t allow myself to blow off the importance of cultivating my own inner peace and love. This year, I’ll make nourishing my soul a priority and a daily ritual, like my morning coffee. Even your morning cup of coffee can be a mindfulness meditation, if you’re a coffee-lover like me.
A New Dawn, a New Day, a New Life for Me in 2017
I’m inspired just thinking of all the ways I can shift my lifestyle into greater alignment with my liberty and peace-loving values.
Maybe you’ve already done this to some extent. You probably have. But there’s always room for improvement.
Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year!