New Year’s celebrations are festive and hopeful. We get together with friends or family, ready to let go of the year that is over and to welcome the one that is about to begin, with new expectations and desires. It is also a time to reflect on what we have accomplished, what we may have had to overcome, and how much we’ve grown in the process.
Some people may say that calendars are arbitrary devices to give us the illusion of time, and that the end of a year’s cycle is not naturally marked by December 31st. Of course, when you think of the Gregorian calendar we use, as opposed to the natural Lunar calendars of the East, and how it was changed and adjusted over time according to who was in power and what was considered important at any given historical period, it may seem sensible to doubt that specific dates have any meaning.
However, if we remember that we are all souls on a journey, and that the Divine is our true nature, there is no reason to doubt that there is a purpose behind the creation of such devices, to give us a sense of completion and direction in our human experience. Since we are multidimensional beings, having several types of calendars should not create any conflicts either, new year 2022 just like having different systems of numerology or astrology (Western, Vedic, Chinese) provides us with more tools to learn about ourselves and understand the events in our world.
A Time to Pause and Celebrate
And this is what it’s really all about. A year ending and a new beginning is about pausing; it is about self-reflection; it is about stepping outside the busyness of our lives to look at ourselves and “smell the roses,” with gratitude for what we have and great appreciation for who we are becoming.
Regardless of what calendar you use, a New Year is a time to take stock of the past to make way for a new cycle, with excitement and positive thoughts. So think of yourself with fondness, love, and compassion, and reflect with pride on what you accomplished in the past year and the obstacles you were able to overcome.
Maybe there are things you think you could have done better; simply accept that you did your best. Or perhaps you would have liked certain things to go a certain way. Yet no matter how they went, you can choose to see how they made you stronger or how they helped you discover something new in yourself. No matter how difficult it may seem, any experience always has a purpose: to help you learn something, to nudge you in the right direction, or to push you to resolve a conflict within yourself or with others.
Life Is an Ongoing Process
I believe that creating New Year’s resolutions is a waste of time; or rather, that it is another tool the ego can use to make you feel that you are lacking something. That type of list comes from the sense that you were supposed to accomplish or achieve something that you didn’t. I am not sure who came up with that idea, but to me it makes much more sense to see life as an ongoing process and the New Year as a pause in that process, when we can reflect on where we are at and where we are headed.