Saturday, December 31, 2011
Letting Go Of The Old, Leaning Into The New
In the not too distant past I might have prepared a phone book sized list of things I needed to shed. But these days my "Buddha's brain" is a slightly kinder place. I have given up my status as a self improvement project.
As I warmed by the fire and admired the hazy orb of moon, my mind poked around in the dark basement of memory for the give-aways . Into the fire with fear, ditto for my lack of faith in myself on a number of fronts. Into the fire with hesitancy, doubt, with timidity and a final flourish of firey sparks for what holds me back.
Fire, that primeval Mister Clean, so fittingly medieval on the last day of the year. No dancing, no char rubbed on the face, simply a little tossing of bits of paper to remind us of one ending and one beginning and our intentions for both. Let go of the old, lean into the new. Burn down the old shack of musty habits.
I always spend some of New Year's eve contemplating the past year and thinking about the new year. Refections, intentions, whatever you want to call them, they are worthy of a visit every now and then , worthy of the flashlight of awareness. You can get really organized and pull your thoughts together as they do over at A Liberated Life or The Uncaged Life. But if you're like me, you might be a bit more free form, just wandering back over the path that carried you through the year and then letting your heart pull you toward where you belong in the new year.
My intentions are crowding around the parts of my life that have to do with my art, health and spiritual practice. They are keeping company with words like openness, bravery, faith, passion and gusto. That seems like a hopeful first course.
I wish you the best of what 2012 has to offer, filled with the joy of simple pleasures and an appetite for this precious life. May you savour every bite, the sweet and the savoury, the slightly bitter and even the tough bits. It is my great pleasure to travel this leg of the journey with you.