by Angela Clark
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that’s waiting for us. ”
– Joseph Campbell
As we prepare ourselves for the beginning of another new year, it’s a great time to reflect on the year that has past. We’ve learned so much, laughed and cried together, had mini successes and big flops. We’ve shared in losses of jobs, iPhones, and loved ones as well as celebrated gains of jobs, iPads, and more loved ones. The world has kept on turning, people kept on moving and through it all, we have managed to show up. We have shown up on our sticky mats to practice, we have shown up after class to chat, we have shown up at work to lend our ears and voices and at home with loved ones to share our hearts and dreams.
As life will continue to bring forth new experiences, it will be our chance to ‘wake up’ to the complete compassion that is so helpful to exist in this crazy-world. So, as we begin to set our intentions, our aspirations, goals, and New Year’s Resolutions, remember the practices of letting go of the outcome and, as Pema Chodron says,”of gently and compassionately catching ourselves.” As we do this, we will not only be able to see the life that is waiting for us, but we can generously share that life with others.