January 1 does not embody an astrological or cosmic significance as such, but nonetheless, stepping into the New Year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on life’s journey. 2016 has been a year of big changes on the global front – with Brexit in Europe, the Trump presidency in the US and closer to home, demonitisation in India. Personally speaking too, 2016 has also been a year of big changes accompanied by new perspectives and learnings – from taking up the practice of yoga to dedicating more time to hobbies and interests.
One of the most significant aspects of a New Year is the opportunity to leave the past behind. A psychological fresh start if you will, but one that holds great spiritual meaning too. ‘Dying to the past every moment’ is often cited as the way of the wise.
Looking back on the last several months, there have been some important learnings and insights that I want to carry with me into 2017. Like taking just a few moments in the day to express gratitude for being alive. Like making space for sunsets and flowers. Like doing things out of love that will bring joy, and not merely acting out of compulsion or fear. Like spending time with Nature which simultaneously soothes and teaches. Like watching my mind and not being consumed by it. Like giving, even if it is only my attention I can give. Like keeping the inner landscape pleasant, no matter what is happening around. Like putting in the best effort for every task, knowing that success is not guaranteed. And perhaps most importantly, like continuing to seek.
In previous years, I would start a New Year by setting goals and intentions and wondering how the year might unfold. But now, I think it’s wiser to try and bring my attention to the present moment and rather to wonder what it holds. Because only the present moment ever exists – the rest is imagined. And so if you can manage the present moment, you can manage eternity.
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