For this third day of January 2019, my post will be a mix of influences I’ve witnessed since January first.
It started with an energy update from Lee Harris on “2019 – Year of Beginnings” which I think is worth hearing, so I’ll list it here if anyone is interested: https://www.leeharrisenergy.com/p/january-2019-energy-update
The gist of it from my notes was that this is the year of elevation (out of the mire of contentiousness and social dishevel). 2012 – 2019 was a 7-year cycle of clearing us energetically. 2019 – 2026 is a cycle of elevation – a brand new beginning bringing with it a lot of momentum and forward movement. He says to create your personal change powerfully and purposefully. Live life more passionately. Expect January to be more of the bubbling to the surface of major issues, but February is the beginning of the change—a vocal ‘stand up and speak your truth’ month. This is the time right now to be very clear on exactly what you DO want in your life, as that is what you will call to you now. Speak your truth and stand up for what is right for all.
So then shortly after seeing the Lee Harris video, someone put through this gorgeous snowflake on Facebook that I found mesmerizing along with a quote from Einstein, one of my personal heroes.
“The basic laws of the universe are simple, but because our senses are limited, we can’t grasp them. There is a pattern in creation. If we look at this tree outside whose roots search beneath the pavement for water, or a flower which sends its sweet smell to the pollinating bees, or even our own selves and the inner forces that drive us to act, we can see that we all dance to a mysterious tune..” Albert Einstein
snowflake photo by Kenneth Libbrecht
Quote source: How Einstein Saw the World
Then the next day “Tao and Zen” on Facebook added another D. T. Suzuki quote that I thought really explains how you incorporate that Zen perspective into everything you do:
“The idea of Zen is to catch life as it flows. There is nothing extraordinary or mysterious about Zen. I raise my hand; I take a book from the other side of the desk; I hear the boys playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighboring wood — in all these I am practicing Zen, I am living Zen. No wordy discussion is necessary, nor any explanation… When the sun rises the whole world dances with joy and everybody’s heart is filled with bliss. If Zen is at all conceivable, it must be taken hold of here.” D.T. Suzuki
Zen & the Art of Living Deeply
In summary, to me as we start this new year together, I choose to view it as Lee Harris does—that it is a year of beginnings, so let’s stand up and speak our truth and choose our way forward with clear intentions and a strong sense of purpose.
Then as Einstein said, let’s recognize our interconnectedness and the Divine Plan behind our social, cultural, and even personal interactions occurring on this one living planet that we all share.
And lastly, as D.T. Suzuki said, “Be grateful for everything. Observe without judgment. Consume less, create more. Let go of fears and desires. Listen to understand not to respond. Be patient and generous. Love deeply. Live simply.”
Here on this third day of January 2019, I think those are good personal goals to adopt.
Works for me.