Here we are at the hem of a new year. A beautiful garment has yet to be sewn with our efforts, woven with our thoughts and deeds. Can you see the fabric of your life, the tapestry yet to be created as you toil through a new year?
These are the questions I’ve been asking myself. My regular blog readers may have noticed I’ve not followed the posting schedule I stuck to for nearly 2 years previously. My weekly musings have been reduced to a scattered post here, a stray reflection there. And the result has been chaos within me. You see, I need this outlet. It is the airing of my soul, and without it I am an untouched pen, yearning to be picked up and applied to the page. The articulation of words is my art, but more importantly, it is my action.
So here I am, with a heart full of expression and the glimmer of a new year in my mind’s eye. I could resolve to spend more time on the blog, but I feel there’s something even more pressing I need to work towards. In terms of resolutions, 2017 is the year for big things– I’ve heard. Now is the time, they tell us. Go here, achieve this, lose that. It’s resolution time so get busy.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good goal and the hot pursuit that ensues. That feeling of achievement, and the looking back with amazement at my own staunch efforts. I’m just not a fan of the buzz or the ride, the rollercoaster of hype that so often ends with a downward trek and defeated collapse. Why? From what I’ve seen, those who fail to make their resolutions happen lack this one thing: readiness.
The simple truth is this: change has to happen within before it can ever be manifested in our lives. No fancy gym equipment or personalized meal plan can spur a person to weight loss if he is not truly ready to change his habits. Belief is the basis for achievement.
What you imagine, you create. ~ Buddha
So I asked myself: What am I REALLY ready to change? What do I lack in my life right now?
The answer: Silence. And so my goal for the new year is simply to experience more silence. Here’s a ritual I plan to practice more often…
A Ritual for the New Year:
- Listen to the beat of my own heart, drumming in the abyss of sheer silence.
- Connect with a smooth long breath, unhurried by the pace of life and the prodding of my to-do list.
- Turn inward, away from the chatter, clutter and chaos of “do” and “pursue.”
Whatever commotion this year brings, I resolve to make a ritual of turning inward. If there’s one thing I need, it’s more silence.
There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. ~ Rumi