Very soon the new Lunar Year of the Rooster is approaching. To those celebrating, I wish you all a joyful (and not forgetting a mindful) occasion. This time round I have opted myself the space and time to retreat from this occasion though I am certain the memory of the festive mood may arise in my mind as the day gets closer.
Celebrating the New Year can bring many kinds of moods in each of us – depending what type of memory was held steadfastly in our minds. For those whose loved ones have moved on recently, surely a pensive feeling will be expected. If there are newly added ones in the family, then it may be a rousing occasion to be in. Some may just wish the occasion will pass sooner, whereas some enjoy heartily the once-a-year meeting of close ones, relatives or friends that they may not have other times to catch up with.
Relatively, it is a mere short period of acquaintance, as compared to what may be in store for us for the whole coming year. More importantly, New Year holds a deep meaning to what that has just passed – the so-called immediate old year – during which our minds may have either been fulfilled or challenged, by the degree of whatever experiences that crossed our paths then. So are we hoping or expecting "a better new year", "a more-prosperous-then-last-year new year", "a washed-away-bad-year new year", or a challenging new year?
Whatever it is, it will be wise for us to reflect the reality that there are areas of life we can take charge of, and probably more areas we can't, though we may wish it not so, but yet has to face, when they arises. We are all pretty sure about life uncertainties, having had life experiences for the number of years that we have lived – experiences like unexpected health issues, passing on of loved ones, career insecurity, relationship challenges, and of course not forgetting the "better" experiences of good news, of successes, of unexpected windfalls etc. It is good to have in mind that nothing happens for or to us. They happened because of whatever conditions that helm it. And conditions are impersonal.
A better suggestion will be in developing our minds with consistent awareness and wise understanding that whatever it takes, we are always there meeting it, lovingly, with least or no resistance, trusting fully what comes our way is always an opportunity for growth in us, either in the present now, or a part of a greater scheme of an inner spiritual development that we cannot fathom at this moment. In reality, as always the case, the mind's nature is always learning every experience that takes place, be it big or small, and no matter how painful or how many times the experience repeat. And after long association of learning from these experiences, wisdom begins to take root in the mind.
May all be blessed with the wisdom of understanding. May this occasion too also be for forgiveness, forbearance and a freer mind. Blessed new Lunar Year to all.