I have grown to love the sentiment of the New Year.
In my adolescence I was fervently against what I considered the absurdity of the Gregorian calendar, and celebrating a day as seemingly arbitrary as January 1 as any sort of New Year's Day --
Luckily, I am continually learning to shed my attachment to fighting battles that are of little importance, in the grand scheme.
I would rather welcome in this acknowledgement of New Beginnings, and allow the day and the sentiments surrounding it to remind us of something meaningful and useful.
Each day is a new day.
Each moment is another opportunity.
With every single breath, we are blessed with a chance to Begin Again. To find our way back to ourselves and the intentions we bring to our lives.
This New Year, I welcome this practice of beginning again.
Over and over, moment to moment. Allowing myself grace and patience to forget, to make mistakes, to go astray -- from my intentions, from mindfulness, from calm, from kindness -- and committing myself to begin again. To remember, and to return -- to my breath, to awareness of my physical state, my feelings and my thoughts; to realign with my intention of living in gratitude and compassion, for myself, the world, and all beings.
This beautiful reminder from Thich Nhat Hanh greeted me on January 1st, appropriately;
Waking up this morning I smile
knowing there are 24 brand new hours before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment,
and look at beings with eyes of compassion.
Many wise and loving beings offer similar sentiments, reminding me that the simplest ideas and actions are not easy, so they are worth repeating -- over and over, if necessary, until they sink in.
It is with this hope of remembering how to begin again that I share myself with the world this year. From each and every Yoga class, Herbal Medicine walk, consultation, written word, Yoga Teacher Training, song and retreat, I wish to support us all in honoring our ability to begin as many times as we need to. With a sense of appreciation for all the effort and energy we have given to be where we are now, and all the courage and strength within each of us to return to where we want to be, no matter how often, how hard or how far we may fall.
Begin Again. It is what we were born to do. From the moment of our birth until our final breath, we are learning, growing, falling and rising.
To all the beginnings ahead, I raise my mug of tea.
With gratitude and lovingkindness,
---- Begin again with Erin and I
:: Path of Love :: Desert Journey of Reflection and Renewal ::
in Joshua Tree this February ----
Read the full post from Thich Nhat Hanh, -- Waking Up --
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability