Completion, as the author defines it, “is a conscious process we engage in whereby we do and say whatever we need to in order to create a true sense of closure to an experience (in this case, the year that is about to end).” Perhaps the most compelling reason for practicing completion is the following:
Completion allows us to bring things to a close with a sense of gratitude, reverence, and peace. When we allow ourselves to experience a sense of true completion, we move into the next phase of life bringing with us the gifts, lessons, accomplishments, experiences, and more from what we’ve just been through. When we don’t take the time to truly complete something, we end up carrying baggage, regrets, fear, and unresolved issues into our next experience. These things don’t serve us and often end up undermining our success and fulfillment.
Dang, that’s loaded. I don’t want to bore the non-yogis/eastern philosophy readers, but one thing is certain: I sure don’t want to be carrying any extra baggage on my next road race. At any rate, I don’t think I take much of my extracurricular stuff so seriously as to have much to stew on and complete before moving on to next year’s intentions, but I don’t think I’m unique in writing that my personal life could probably benefit from the practice. Check out the source blog post for suggestions on how to practice completion.
* Volunteer at the race expo of a major local race. You’d think this wold be an easy intention. I was registered to volunteer at the Friday evening packet pickup for the April 2012 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. Then the opportunity to go on a backcountry hut ski trip came along.
* Ski a line, look up and say, “Holy shitake mushrooms, I just ripped that!” Yeah, whatever. The snow in 2012 was crummy.
* Backcountry hut ski trip. This wasn’t originally one of my 2012 intentions as it was more of a life intention, but right before Christmas, I was unexpectedly invited to fill in for someone who dropped out of a trip to the Wallowas (OR). So I went on my first backcountry hut ski trip this year.
* Teach a regular, weekly sunrise yoga class. Yes. On Wednesday mornings. At the Y. You should go.
* Stay injury-free and healthy. I definitely stayed injury-free, and other than the wicked cold of November that half the country got, I was pretty healthy. I even DNF’d a race when I thought it would jeopardize more than just my ego.
* Sleep 8 hours a night. Sometimes…