In setting a new resolution or determination to move your life forward you may want to wipe some of the slate clean from the year befor, using this moment to embrace life force energy to be even more victorious this year. It may include improving any aspect of one’s physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual wellbeing. It may also include moving outside one’s comfort level to try new activities and possible interests. Most likely though it will involve looking at yourself squarely in the mirror and seeing what needs to be changed and determining to do it this year without any excuses. When you clearly envision an outcome, setting your intention, engrave it into your heart and know you will attain it, your brain makes every effort to realise the mental image you have created. Then, through increasing efforts, that victory is finally made reality, sometimes in a way far greater than you envisaged and sometimes not quite how you expected!
In Buddhist context: the Earth moves around the sun once every 365 days. This is not a figure someone made up – it is the way of the universe itself. It is a law, a rhythm. A person’s activity can never exist independent from the rhythm or law of the universe since we are part of it. As you learn to understand this, you can experience the realisation that you are the universe and the universe is you. It seems New Year is a time to reflect upon this because this is the time when the Earth finishes one revolution and commences another. When New Year’s Day comes around, it is natural for people to feel refreshed and make many new resolutions.
One of my favourite Buddhist sayings honin myo means “from this moment forward” or “fresh start.” It's a great reminder that whatever happened is in the past and from this very moment I can start again looking towards the future. So, to you the reader of my message, remember honin myo, you are the playwright of your own victory!
Wishing you much happiness and success as you direct your life this year and beyond xx