Last night I meditated in the New Year. This has been a practice of mine for quite a few years now. Usually I go through my weekly planner during the evening and enter the birthdays and anniversaries in my new calendar. In 2012 I used a calendar on my Droid so I could have the convenience of making appointments wherever I was. It saved me from double booking, and I got pretty efficient with the technology.
I thought I would miss my ritual of reviewing my year in front of the fire, but I didn't. Back in November I embarked upon a journey of getting my Masters in Spiritual Psychology, and have been in deep reflection ever since. I love my Program and the University of Santa Monica where it's held. More on this later.
What I got to do instead was to make a smoothie for dinner and soak in my garden tub under the moonlight... which is a meditation in and of itself. By the time I got out it was time to sit in front of the fire and chant. I have been partaking in the latest Global Sadhanas with 14,000+ people worldwide and Spirit Voyage. Last night we finished 11 days of chanting for 11 minutes, from the Winter Solstice to New Year's Eve. I love chanting mantras! One of the yogis guiding us on the journey mentioned her intentions for the New Year, and I was inspired to get clear on mine.
I can't remember the last time I made a New Year's Resolution. I never stuck to them. I have however set very clear intentions for various situations many times in the past. Last night after the mantra chant I sat in the quiet of my living room and meditated on what my intentions were for 2013. It was a very potent and powerful time, and my intentions flowed freely for quite a while. When I heard the neighborhood celebrating the New Year's arrival I was not quite done... so I got to meditate through the end of 2012, and into 2013. Pretty sweet!
If you are inclined to want something specific, you may want to try setting intentions (if you don't already.) The way I see it is that I can use all the help I can get, so I employ techniques that can support me!
Here's to a healthy, prosperous, light-filled, loving, adventurous, still, quiet, grounded, joyous, fun, fill-in-the-blank 2013. Be well and enJOY!