In With the New
Happy New YeaR.
Few people can deny the effect of a new year. As with anything, the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one is marked, significant. On a deep level, we feel the opportunity and often, we long to seize it as best we can.
As a new year dawns, I call to you to revolutionize the New Year’s Resolution for yourself. Really look at it: is it working for you? Are there things you want to shed, or are there things you want to gain? Or perhaps you want to do both. In fact, it’s rare that one comes without the other.
This moment is a gift. The symbolism of the Gregorian new year is not to be ignored. This season is filled to the brim with opportunities for renewal; we have the winter solstice, which brings us the return of the light; we have the Gregorian new year, which brings us renewal, fresh numbers, an opportunity for a revised framework and new goals; then, we have the lunar new year (the Chinese new year), which brings us the beginning of a new moon cycle, and the rhythm of the 13 moons begins once again.
This is a time to check in with yourself. Ask yourself what you want to change the most, on a profound level. When we are seeking change, we are really asking “how can I become more aligned with my truest self?” Aligning with our deepest and highest truths is our life’s work. I mean this literally—it actually can take a lifetime, and it is some of the most rewarding work there is.
I encourage you to view January 1 as a portal for progress, a golden opportunity. Let it inspire you to stoke the fire within yourself and be the change that you want to see. I don’t mean you need to change the world. Rather, we can change ourselves and then our world changes. Perhaps it’s time to write down what you want to call in … is it more love? More money? More time? Perhaps you want to call in greater peace in your professional life, or greater compassion in your parenting. Perhaps you want to call in the ability to nurture yourself before others, to create time for meditation, for yoga, for rest. The possibilities are limitless, and really, only you know what you really want.
In cultivating the new and shedding the old, we catalyze growth. Sometimes it’s easy to do this, and sometimes it can be hard. One thing I know for certain is that the new year and the season around the new year is a time when everything is working for us. We can follow nature’s lead and begin to cultivate things that will serve us for the rest of the cycle that follows.
I read a quote once that said (in essence) that in order to cultivate change, we need only to focus on building the new, as opposed to breaking down the old. In this particular time, this seems like perfect guidance. Often, building what we want can be easier than breaking down or letting go of old attachments. By putting our energy into creation and cultivation, we eventually will notice that the old things fell away while we were busy building the new ones. The things that fall away will simply break down and be re-absorbed; no lesson goes unlearned and no experience is truly forgotten. These are the things that make us who we are.
So, then: what is it you want to build? Let this be the question for the new year. Whatever it is, begin it.