Let me wish you all the best as we step into this New Year. May we each create what we wish to see in the world; may we always be surrounded with beauty and magic; and may each of us be both blessed and a blessing in return.
I love the practice Waverly Fitzgerald recommended of starting the new year by doing a little bit of everything that makes one happy. Isn’t that a lovely way to set the tone and energy for the new year?
While I’m looking forward to filling my year with more love and laughter, more creative expression, and always more flowers, I’m also very interested in Rainer Maria Rilke’s invitation “And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” I believe our world, our societies, our communities are all needing much from us, and it’s time we found some new approaches, some new paradigms, and some new visions.
And as is my custom, I tend to find during the year a number of wisdom teachings that speak so loudly to me that I can’t help but be called to explore their path. Already two from Rumi have shown up for me. I’m thinking this first one, is a collective message calling us to action: “Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.” I, for one, want to live in a world that is able to reflect this for all beings.
The other of Rumi’s adages feels more like a personal challenge to explore. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” Doesn’t the idea of a life lived in ecstatic motion fill you with wonder and tease you into exploration? It certainly does for me.
Whatever you wish for yourself and for our beloved world, may 2023 bring you the inspiration you need to create it. It is my hope we frame all our interactions with loving-kindness, and my metta prayer that all beings be happy, be safe, and be free.
What are you wishing for? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.