New Years Resolution
With New Year approaching we have the opportunity to contemplate what really matters
With the approach of the New Year of 2013, the coming weeks are an opportunity to reflect on what new energies we would like to attract in for the New Year ahead, and also what energies we would like to increase or cultivate within ourselves.
The more we get into the deeper aspects of yoga, we realize that what is within, is without.
If we would like to manifest something in the outside world… be it Peace or Love… then the starting point is to cultivate and bring about that change within ourselves first.
It is easier for a camel than a rich man….
I am smiling to myself as i am beginning to sound like a philosopher…. but i guess studying yoga scriptures and practices as well as Buddhist teachings has given me the opportunity to listen to many great teachers over the years, and to deepen my understanding of life and the trappings which we can get become enmeshed with, and also the paths to freedom which are open to every single one of us.
Most spiritual teachings of all traditions from Patanjali to Buddha to Christ have all stated that the cause of our real suffering in this life is through over attachment to things and over aversion to things. And one main route of this is over attachment to our obsession or fixation with ourselves… or in other words over attachment to the ego.
The true path to ever lasting happiness is not to try to run after material goods or things to get for me, or things to buy or looks or vanity or riches… the true path to freedom and ever lasting peace and contentment is actually through letting go this over fixation with oneself, and learning acceptance and also being more concerned about the welfare and happiness for others, rather than oneself. To love others more than oneself.
The paradox is that through being more concerned about the happiness of others, and opening our hearts and doing work for others, that there arises a true genuine inner peace and love and happiness inside ourselves.
It does not mean our external world turns into paradise or that we don’t ever encounter troubles to deal with, but a true transformation takes place inside, so that we are able to deal with, and overcome whatever comes our way…and not be become perturbed by difficulties or obstacles, but to accept, choose the best way forward, and move on… within an overall focus of caring for others, looking out for their happiness… their safety… their avoidance of hunger… their avoidance of loneliness … in an effort to wish happiness for all living beings.
Taking care with what we wish for
We need to be careful that our resolutions or our wishes for the future are not in fact deepening our attachments to material goods, or material situations, our over attachment to ourselves.
We should learn to live more skilfully and wish for more inner love… more inner acceptance… more happiness for others… more resolve to help others… and through these more self-less goals, true inner happiness will flourish.
Depending on where we are on this path of transformation, sometimes we need to learn how to muster up strength, and resolve and will power before we can move on to more lofty goals of wishing love and happiness for others and not being over concerned with oneself.
So for some of us, useful goals can be to let go of laziness, increase will power, improve one’s own health and well being so that eventually we can become more of service to others.
So making a commitment to do a daily practice of yoga and meditation are the ideal way of increasing these inner strengths that develop through regular practice over the months and years.
A great resolve is to make a commitment to oneself that one will do a minimum of 10 minutes (for beginners) practice every day for the next 7 days.
No matter how you feel in the morning… no matter what happened the night before… no matter what is looming ahead that day, that you will take 10 minutes of inner work on yourself… on you mat… on your meditation cushion… and you will continue your practice with diligence with care with the importance that it should receive every day for the next 7 days.
Is that too difficult?
And then the second stage of this resolve, is on the 7th day to repeat that same resolve to yourself for the next 7 days.
May many people benefit for our practices.