Happy New Year 2011
“I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end; But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.
There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now;
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now….
I know I am deathless…
One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, and that is myself;
And whether I come to my own to-day, or in ten thousand or ten million years, I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.
My foothold is tenon’d and mortis’d in granite;
I laugh at what you call dissolution;
And I know the amplitude of time.”
~Walt Whitman excerpted from the Leaves of Grass
Over the last two days I heard about New Year’s Resolutions from my friends that included the desire to lose weight, practice yoga more often, fall in love, be more grateful and find meaningful work. If you are thinking about making a list of things you would like to do in 2011, one way to set yourself up for success is to remember that your dream is fueled by your dedication to it every day of the year. Gratitude for just how far you have come over the last year will give you the open hearted courage that you need to devote yourself to actualizing your dreams in the world. A New Year’s Resolution only has the power to transform your life if you devote yourself to it with the same fervor in October as you do when you proclaim in in January. Inside of you is the energy that creates worlds–use every second of your life to harness that limitless capacity with humility, grace and ease and you will release the power to see every dream you have come to fruition. Don’t quit on yourself before you feel just how powerful you truly are. Use this time of year to cast a self-reflective gaze on the past, release your ambitions about the future with non-attachment and ground yourself in the harmonious, humble work of the present moment. It is your tenacity that holds the key to more happiness, peace and joy than you ever thought possible.