Friday, January 1, 2010

Bringing in 2010

January 1st is just another day on the Gregorian calender, however, it is also more than that. It has become an important ritual in contemporary society. With so many people gathering in celebration around the world, it is an energetically potent moment. It is important that we use this opportunity mindfully to cultivate towards our highest goals and ideals.

As we bring in the new year it is important to also let go of 2009. For many of us, our lives are so fast-paced that we are constantly moving from one activity to the next without pausing to reflect or process the events leading into Now.

If you can, take a moment to check-in and reflect on this past year...
  • What is your quality of mind right now, compared to Jan. 1 , 2009?
  • What were some of the big events in your life in 2009?
  • In what ways have you grown?
  • Is there anyone or anything that you can forgive? (yourself included)
  • Is there anything you can let go of?
  • Think of a good deed you did for another being
  • Recall moments of joy, happiness, and laughter

To help us transition consciously into the new year and decade, let us begin by invoking the qualities of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who sits at the thresholds of space and time and who blesses all beginnings.

ॐ गम गणपतये नम
om gam ganapataye namaha (108 repetitions)

By chanting the sacred mantra of Ganesha, we bless the year ahead. It can help to remove any obstacles we encounter on the path - letting go of emotions, toxins, negative thought/habit patterns, or anything that is preventing you from living your life in the highest place of consciousness and bliss.

May 2010 be a year of Peace.
May we each go deep deep inside to find that essence of Truth within,
that spark so bright it can lift the veils of any dark night.
Dwelling within the cave of the heart, returning to Source until we find a voice.
Vowing to move and speak only from this place, deep within.
Knowing that its strength lies its connection, its foundation, its roots.
An interdependence with all life, swirls us together like pearls on a string.
May this be a year of integration, of celebration, and dedication.
Stepping Thy lotus feet on the accelerator of the conscious evolution revolution.