I only gave myself one New Year’s resolution this year, and I’ve completed it already. I figured moving and starting a new job was enough for one year.

I’ve kept up the meditation this year though and added in a few new alternative-health habits, and all that plus sheer mind over matter has allowed me to slowly taper down the medication I’ve been on due to an autoimmune condition. I had a grim prognosis initially and a couple of years ago was being advised to add an additional medication to my regimen. Now I am slowly but surely tapering down to the point that I may be medication free by the end of the year. I’m pretty much pain free and stronger and more flexible than ever.

To top off all the relaxation techniques I practice, I sometimes encounter a pod of dolphins swimming near me when I’m out in the ocean.

So the occasional blissful moment does wash over me.