Happy 2013!

2013“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver, from “Animal Dreams”

Happy very first day of the brand new year! There’s something first-day-of-school-ish about it, like you can just wipe the slate clean and begin again. Beginning again is a regular theme if you have a seated meditation practice. Every breath is a chance to start over. But there’s something energetic and cleansing and hopeful when everyone is celebrating renewal at the same time. It’s like a canvas, wide open, untouched, full of potential and promise. Here’s the thing. Life is going to provide the paints this year, as it does every year. Maybe the paint you get is random, and maybe it’s the palette that’s meant exactly for you. Either way, the brush strokes are yours, and the picture you paint can come from a place of love and hope, or bitterness and blame. Two people can work with exactly the same colors and paint completely different pictures.

The determining factor is how deeply you open to what is true for you, how much you accept all aspects of yourself, how far you’re willing to go to heal those places within you that are raw and in need of your kind attention, how accountable you’re willing to be for the energy you’re spreading and the choices you’re making, and how able you are to face reality as it is, with no insistence that it meet your expectations. We have a lot of healing to do, individually, and together. We have undervalued our greatest asset, which is our ability to take care of each other. To extend ourselves, to lend a hand, an ear, a shoulder. We’re at war within ourselves, and if we don’t address that, the painting is going to be dark and violent. Opening to the unbelievable amount of love within you gives you the power to paint with dark colors, but still leave space for the light to dance all over your canvas. Live under the roof of your hope, and paint wildly from your heart. Make this year beautiful by remembering who you are, and realizing what you know. Sending you so much love, and wishes for a new year full of love, hope, laughter, joy, hugs, connection, truth, and yoga! Happy 2013!

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