Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012!

Happy New Year!

Each December 31 we cannot wait for the current year to end, rushing to the future with abandon. And each January 1 we face the uncertainty of what the year ahead will bring. And so it is with the transition from 2011 to 2012. None of us know what the year will bring … not January 2, April 12, August 29, or even December 21. The future is uncharted territory and we can only guess at what it holds. My wish for you for 2012 is that it is an endless series of moments filled with joy and hope and compassion and fulfillment. I offer this poem as my new year’s wish for each and every one of the people it reaches.

ETERNAL

We rush to the future,
Hurting towards what, we do not know.

When we are young, we can’t wait
To stay up late
To drive a car
To go to school, to college
To leave home
Always, always, always focusing on tomorrow
Seeing only what we think we do not have today, in this moment

Time races on
and we are young adults in the prime of life
Rushing to the future
Hurtling towards what, we do not know.
We can’t wait
For the kids to come … for the kids to grow up
To make enough money
To own enough things
To get the next big promotion
To get to retire
Feeling only what we think we do not have in each moment of life
Racing forward blindly without really knowing where we are
Or understanding where we have been.

Suddenly, over night, we are mature … or even elderly
We wonder where it has all gone
How could time have slipped by so quickly without us noticing?
And still we rush to the future,
Hurtling toward what, we do not know …
And by now may fear even though we cannot see what it is.

Stop!
Look!
Listen!
Breathe!

What awaits us in the eternal future
Is what we already have
What we always have had

The power to create, to live any life we choose
Moment by moment, day by day
Living in the never ending now.

As our bodies age, we move differently, more slowly.
Get the hint…
Take the advice your body is offering
And slow down …
Embrace this moment
Know that each moment contains a lifetime
There is no need to rush to the future –
Your future will come to you.
One eternal moment at a time.

Thank you … wishing you many blessings and much love in every moment of the eternal now.

Namaste.

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