Tonight heralds the beginning of winter, which is also the beginning of the ancient Celtic and Druid new year. New year equals New Years resolutions, and I’ve made a few resolutions.
But, what are your New Year’s resolutions?
If that question caught you on the hop, why not spend part of this evening, Saimhain, thinking about a few resolutions, after all tonight is all about reflecting on the past (and thinking of the ancestors) and is a looking forward.
‘Let go of what was and embrace what to be.’ Lailah Gifty Akita
Here’s some of mine:
Sport to keep fit. I used to love playing squash, and it kept me fit. But, I got out of the habit. And, yes, I have put on a few kilograms of ‘relaxed muscle’, meanwhile. Now, I’m going to redouble my effort to take up a sport…starting this week.
Physical fitness, ofcourse, being important, and should be all part of our life-style balance. I need something to get the blood pumping (more). Okay, maybe not the sport pictured!
More meditation. I love the various forms of meditation – apophatic, kataphatic etc, and am going to spend some more time meditating for my own benefit. But, it occurred to me that others might like to know about meditation and creative visualisation, Imaginal thinking etc from a ‘doing’ point-of-view and reap the benefits, and so (alongside the new website which is just a couple of days away), I’m going to be organising some workshops and one-one-sessions for those interested in meditation, creative visualisation and the imaginal (probably starting mid November). Watch this space!
‘If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am.’ Cyril Cusack
Study: As you know I love to read, and from a wide choice of themes and styles, but in addition, I’m going to ‘home in’ on one particular field of study for a while. Hmmm, but what genre? To do justice to this one, I’ll have to give it just a few more days of serious consideration. But, I promise not to let this resolution ‘drift’.
Connectedness. I am going to redouble my effort to be aware of connectedness, and how that relates to me and nature, me and the past and present and future, me and others around me, me and the ‘others’ etc.
And, to ‘earth it’, in a practical way so that it does some tangible good. And, not just me, but how it relates to others relate to nature, animals, the spiritual dimension etc. Connectedness must be ‘two way’, otherwise its not really connectedness.
Practice forgiveness. I’m going to try to do better at forgiving. I don’t have a problem with this one, though I don’t want to boast as though I’m some super saint. It’s just that I am challenged when politicians say one thing this week and the opposite the next, and then declare, ‘I never said that’. So, I’m going to practice to be more forgiving, and ‘pinch myself’ at some times to look below that surface at the ‘inner person’. But, between you and me, I cant wait for 8/11/2016 to come and go. Lord, forgive me for wishing away time.
So, what are your New Year’s resolutions?
Something to do: So, grab a piece of paper and have pen poised. Have a beverage of your choice to hand, and in, say, twenty minutes write a few things that you would like to do, positively.
‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.’ Albert Einstein
You don’t have to reveal your resolutions. It’s just a good way to get you (and me) thinking about resolutions and doing something practical and good and wholesome, and starting it now.
Ofcourse, if you did want to comment, that would be good, or you can always email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
And, a Happy Samhain to you and those whom you love.