Ring out the old, ring in the new....seems a perfect lyric to toast the New Year. Full of promise. Clean out the old, start fresh. New Years Eve is the place where resolutions are made-made to be broken. Sorry folks, the statistics are against you. Most of these momentary statements are broken in about 72 hours. Just about as fast as the champagne goes flat these empty promises fall flat on their face. The reason is the mind set of discipline. It comes heavy handed with connotation. And I don't know how you feel, but I personally don't like to be disciplined. It reeks of negativity. Truth be told, before developing my yoga practice I broke many a quickly voiced resolution. Then I opened my eyes and found my inner wisdom. By putting a positive spin on anything, it can change the mind set, and our lives. If you take the root of the word, and it is just a word, "discipline" it is "disciple", which is a student of something they love. Phew, so much better. See, negative becomes positive. the proverbial spoonful of sugar makes that medicine a whole lot sweeter to swallow.
You see, anything that you choose to follow is possible. Putting a label on anything constricts it and gives it a false identity.......All these small ideas that I am a man or woman, sick or healthy, strong or weak, or that I hate or love or have little power are but hallucinations.....What frightens you? Holds you down? Only ignorance of your True Nature, of your blessedness. Nothing can bind you....these are the words of Swami Vivekananda and they ring true. Avidya, or ignorance of our true nature is what labels us.
These three simple truths, then, can set you free to release those bonds that hold you back from wringing out the old and bringing in the new....
1. You are Existance Absolute......you are not the body, the mind, or the thoughts. These exist separately from the light that is the Atman, or seat of your soul. The mind exists to think, and boy does it. It will take you right down the rabbit hole and leave you there to agonize or those labels that confine you into what society wants you to conform to. The body is just the vehicle that carries you through this experience. When the car finally won't run, we trade them in, right? Same with us. The bottom line is, all this is fleeting except for that spark that resides within your heart.
2. You are Bliss Absolute.....when you realize that you are that heart spark, and that all else is a hallucination, a fleeting wrinkle in time. Step back and realize that you are perfect as you are and that you can follow your heart.
3. You are Knowledge Absolute.....the truth is within us. We contain all the wisdom we ever needed. It was there when you were born into this body, and it will be there when you leave it. Those labels are very much like putting bandaids on a wound. They cover up what is already there but can't change it.
Boundless, limitless, with unlimited potential, these are the 3 beautiful truths we need to be disciples of. Love yourself enough to follow your heart. Realize that you have the ability to manifest your own destiny. Break those chains and be free to be who you truly are...
BEING, CONCIOUSNESS, BLISS
Have a Beautiful New Year!
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