Looking back , reminiscing.. you all would agree that we’ve all had our ups and downs this past year. Our own big or small trials and triumphs. But on the whole don't you think this has been a very good year for spiritual progression. More people are seeking out and finding that knowledge than ever before.
Now just to bring this back down to you and me. Pondering over my own year I asked myself a few questions that I would like to pose to you all. Maybe you'll get as much from this exercise as I did.
The first few things I asked myself is admittedly very straight and simple. I wrote down the following in my diary:
"What has been your biggest reflection of 2014?
Have there been any particular themes or lessons that you experienced?
Are there any significant wins or any trials you underwent that stand out to you?"
I then proceeded to list them in columns. A column for wins, and a column for lessons.
I realised that whatever the case may be and whatever distance you have traveled on your journey, you and you alone can decide when to heal, when to be strong, and when to learn more so you can improve upon wherever you are at any given point of time. Only you can make a better, more upgraded you. Its your journey and you alone have to walk it.
Who else is going to be with you at every moment of your life, at every breath that you take? Who else is guaranteed going to be there at every turn, at every crossroad? Clearly nobody but you,yourself. You are your own navigator of your life.
What I am going to suggest next may throw you for a bit of a loop, it may sound cheesy at first but it's effective, it works for me , it might work for you too. Here is what you need to do, give yourself a big giant bear hug! Hug it out with yourself. Feel that loving embrace from your soul mirroring back to you and notice how it rejuvenates your spirit, filling each cell with healing vital force energy.
Go ahead, nobody is watching... Embrace Your Self! Give yourself a pat that you made it through another round of seasons. The new year isn't the finish line, it's just a check point. So if you were feeling any complacency take this moment to remind yourself to keep going.
If you feel low, do a check and reflect on whatever bug has gotten you. Push out what no longer serves you. Sometimes what looks like a negative is really a positive, and sometimes what looks like a positive is really not. Do not live in regrets.
I am reminded of the poem “Desiderata”, and my favourite part is:
"Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
be gentle with yourself.
And the last few lines:
“And whatever your labors and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
As I pen this down I realize that I too am talking to that one Being... who has seen it all in this particular journey of life...& thats me.
Cheers to a new beginning !