First Day

January 1st isn’t the ‘new year’ for everyone on the planet. For some like the Chinese and like Muslims who also follow a non-Gregorian calendar, the new year is celebrated on a different date, and for others, the first day is every day, because they live like Buddhas in devotion of the now, believing now is all there is. Tomorrow is an illusion. Yesterday is gone but for memories which you can choose to indulge or not. What is important is that you have moments like this to take stock of the path you’ve been on.

Some say, don’t utter a word of your resolutions. There’s merit in that. Keeping them to yourself keeps inside an energy, a slow burn, a desire to prove, achieve and get there. Have you noticed? The last time you declared yourself and your intention, did you keep your promise to yourself, or did it fizzle away and did you shamefully say nothing more while you struggled to understand why you did that?

Keep your promises to yourself. Don’t let them leak away with the rain, the responsibilities, the dampness of the world, the distractions, the desolation that sometimes can hit you when you’ve passed your euphoria with the births, joys, hardships and deaths in a day and in a life. There are reasons, like the seasons, to come back to your inner self and listen. There are promises that show up just by listening. What are they?

A resolution is a promise to yourself that you are worthy of your own gifts to you. Your resolutions may be tangible or intangible, but they are all important and worthy of your love and nurturance. So, keep your resolutions under your tongue and begin. It is the first day of the year, and every day is a first day in the eyes of a master. Begin your self mastery with the promise to love you. The rest will follow.

– Lorelei Loveridge