A full year, a full life

Jan 01, 2021

It’s January 1. New Year’s Day in the Gregorian calendar. Out with the old, in with new.

That feels SO good, right?!

Beginnings can be very refreshing and uplifting. It’s meaningful and important to regroup and set new intentions. To see your way forward. To nourish yourself with potential.

The thing is: when we erase or ignore or push away the past, we are missing out on an essential part of moving forward. We are missing an opportunity to really know ourselves. And to know each other. To connect.

What happened before this moment led us to where we are now. And this moment now leads us to the next one. All of it matters. All of it makes us who we are - individually and collectively.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have hope for the future. Or that you need to gloss over pain and only see good. It doesn’t mean you have to replace or pair anything that was horrible with something wonderful. It’s ok to feel like you want to dump the whole year in the garbage and run in the other direction.

Suffering is a signal that something matters. If you feel grief, it’s because you know love, because you deeply care about someone or something.

When we practice curious, open awareness of a moment (or a year) with all that it holds, without getting too caught up in it, we can actually experience a sense a space, of ease. When we allow ourselves to rest with what is present (not rush ahead past it), we can move through and with. We can create an opening in our minds. An opening to see more perspectives, to experience more, to connect more. To all that matters to us.

What does it look like for you to accept all of 2020, without judgement, without wanting it to be different? What does it look like to honor all of 2020? What was lost and what you found? What you learned and what you would rather not have learned? The hurt and the joy? Extreme actions and the mediocre moments? The mundane and the sacred?

So that we can all move forward. With all that we have and all that we are. Each. All. Together.

May you feel the fullness of life.

May you be happy, healthy, and at ease.

May we join together again soon.