Happy New Year to all. I hope this post finds each of you inspired at the bright shiny twelve months ahead of us.
As we recollect on 2016 and make out our calendars for 2017, it does some good to reflect upon where we are and where we’d like our year to go.
This year my reflections are upon the concept of ‘openness.’ The notion stems from the tenant that ‘like attracts like’: if I am open to energy and resources that are positive and helpful, then those things will attract themselves to me. Cool! But it’s a bit of a concerted effort to be conscious about openness. Our everyday lives, the news, some health scare, or just the fast-paced society we live in can remove our focus and daunt our thoughts. Being open is a state of being, a constant choice, because life is busy and it’s too easy to get distracted.
There’s another element to being open that I’ve been thinking upon as well. It’s about being open to change, and changing. If I am willing and consciously open to the universe and it’s positive energies, then I should expect some of those energies to illicit changes in my behavior by enlightening me to better ways of doing and being.
It’s one thing to become aware of something needing my attention, but quite another to enact the change necessary to bring about improvement. I need to be open, therefore, to a willingness to change, grow, evolve. After all, we’ve only gotten this far as a species because of our very ability to adapt, that is to change.
Being open is also an important trait to utilize at this particular moment in US history. Tensions are high within our society and our instincts would have us ‘build walls ‘or ‘stay inside’, but these actions only tend to further our problems and they certainly prevent any kind of translation or communication across social lines. Openness requires a kind of strength in this case since we are forced to override our instincts to close up.
Openness takes some effort. But our brains are great at rewiring themselves if we’re willing to exert enough conscious energy, so it’s only a matter of focus. Yet openness itself isn’t quite enough. We must be willing to adapt and change to new information as it comes along and inspires us. In our current social/political climate, openness feels opposite to the actions our instincts might have us take. Awareness and attention will allow us to keep our spirits malleable instead.
May the year be as gentle as possible.