Posted by: jewelinthelotus | December 31, 2009

A New Year awaits…….

This is my first post under my new blog name using wordpress. More to come why I switched from blogger and the meaning of the name and my 2010 symbol, the lotus flower.

I was scanning e-mails before retreating into a reflective silence then to shake my booty at Pink Martini and was struck by this post, “New Year’s resolutions…we make them and we break them. Often we make them out of some kind of resolve to be better, usually after a period of being “less than better,” (as our inner judges would determine).” These are the words I could not find to describe how I feel about New Year’s resolutions. The last three years I have stopped making resolutions. Instead I rest in the belief that I am ok exactly as I am.  I am on a journey of discovery and each moment has purpose.

My ritual is to reflect on the learnings of the past year then write my intentions for the new year. I also write down what I want to let go of and burn that piece of paper close to midnight. It turns out this is a particularly significant year according to some astrologers due to the Blue Moon and the fact it occurs in the sign of Cancer. Hmmmmmm, we shall say. Regardless my vibrations for 2010 are positive.

This same poster who wrote about New Years resolutions referenced one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver. I thought this poem was appropriate for this Blue Moon New Years Eve. Happy New Year all!!

Blackwater Woods

Look, the trees

are turning

their own bodies

into pillars

of light,

are giving off the rich

fragrance of cinnamon

and fulfillment,

the long tapers

of cattails

are bursting and floating away over

the blue shoulders

of the ponds,

and every pond,

no matter what its

name is, is

nameless now.

Every year

everything

I have ever learned

in my lifetime

leads back to this: the fires

and the black river of loss

whose other side

is salvation,

whose meaning

none of us will ever know.

To live in this world

you must be able

to do three things:

to love what is mortal;

to hold it

against your bones knowing

your own life depends on it;

and, when the time comes to let it go,

to let it go.

~ Mary Oliver ~

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