I get pretty excited on the approach of a New Year.
I feel because I love a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. And its funny, because its not really a new beginning, or a fresh start. But an opportunity for some pause, reflection and some planning. Its a continuation of our selves, into a new year.
A great time for Yoga Sutra 2.1.
Sutra 2.1 discusses; discipline, self study and surrender. Wow! What great ingredients to start a new year, a revisiting of these 3 qualities is a superb start.
Its akin to a recipe.
Which might look like this:
1. Prepare yourself and sit quietly, that's the discipline. Turn off your mobile, TV, music etc. Get your favourite notebook, pen, burn some Nag Champa incense, find your favourite crystal and your mala beads. Light a beautiful candle.
2. Sprinkle a little Self-Study. Perhaps reflect on the year that has passed, review your diary to see where you went, with whom, what worked, what didn't. Consider the year ahead, what kind of person are you becoming? What do you feel pulled toward, what people/places/recipes are calling you from the heart? Write it all down, maybe into some sort or category, or if that doesn't call to you what about writing down how you want your first month to look? Our truest desires lead us to step forward into the flow, the place where it feels like we are where we feel we are supposed to be, it feels almost familiar?
3. Let go. Yes, we plan, write it out, put it in the calendar and move toward it but we also need to have a quality of flow, and to have this we need a little trust and ease in our beingness. Because sometimes what we are wishing for, what we are moving towards is just a small part of a bigger picture, sometimes the timing just isnt right, or it morphs into something we could never have imagined.
So. Thats my little recipe to start the year right.
I want to bring forward more of what lights me up and the Yoga Sutras lead me there, along with Danielle Laport and Elena Brower.
I'd love to know how you start your year? Does it work? I hope the above helps you in some small (or medium size!) way.