Soon we bid farewell to one year in welcome of another. Soon we turn over the calendar, the decade; archiving it in the folds of yesterday’s memory.
And as is custom for me, I will leave behind the specialty mindfulness-strengthening exercises I started this past January and replace them with new ones to carry with me through the year, as a way to help keep my practice fresh and alive.
Each January, I pick up 2 or 3 new mindfulness-based practices, and lay down the ones from the previous year. In 2019, I adopted two new practices: 1. an Angst & Impatience tick-mark chart in my car, which I used diligently when driving and 2. 52-Weeks of Thank You’s.
Starting on January 1st, I’ll be picking up 3 new practices: 1. reading & practicing with one card a week from Thay’s deck of 108 meditation cards (recently published; see pic below) 2. transferring the Angst & Impatience chart for use when I’m on my laptop and 3. writing one haiku per day (or perhaps one per week, if doing it on the daily proves to be too much).
In the transition from day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year awaits the potential of living our lives with a great sense of connection, joy, humor, and gratitude. We need not wait for the passing of any particular day, week, month, or year to live the life we envision. In fact, if we keep putting it off for another time we may find that it keeps skipping further down the road. The time for contentment is now. There is nothing else that will complete us other than our commitment to living fully in this most precious moment.
Students at China’s Shenyang Agriculture University found their own way of marking the start of 2015. This pic is from BBC news online.
As we welcome in the new year let us send our gratitude to the year that is passing. Just as one page turns and makes way for a story to continue unfolding so too can we let go of 2014 to make way for our life path to venture forward.
Breathing in I send my gratitude to 2014
Breathing out I smile to 2015
Happy New Year dear friends :)