Updated: Jan 1
This is such a powerful time of the year. So many traditions all around the world celebrate
or honor the darkness and the rebirth of light to one degree or another. If not the darkness or light theme, then the theme of end of the calendar year and the beginning of the new calendar year.
It is safe to say most traditions honor the transition period we are in right now. And perhaps this is magnified with Covid. More than ever, we need to find some anchor, some hope, some light at the end of the tunnel.
Because the pandemic is uprooting ALL of us, all over the world, it is forcing ALL of us to change in some way. That change may come easily, or it may come through much suffering. Or somewhere in between. Humans are not so great at allowing change to happen. Thus all the spiritual traditions are rooted in helping us let go to change.
Right now it can feel very challenging to let go to change, simply because the world is on fire and we just want to feel the familiar. To feel safe. So what can we do? We have to start somewhere!
Gratitude is a very powerful antidote for just about anything. We can feel gratitude for what we do have.
And yet, although it can help immensely because gratitude changes our perspective, it doesn’t necessarily shift what isn’t working in our life. Sometimes we need to dig deeper. Do we have the courage to be honest with ourselves about what isn’t working? Can we simply be willing to let go of the old- of what doesn’t fit for us any longer, even if we don’t know how to do that.