Have you ever made a New Year resolution that you we able to keep all year round? I haven’t and so as the years go by I tend, as a defeatist, not to bother with this custom. However, this morning while I took an early walk on the beach I had what could be called a spontaneous resolution experience. Of course the timing was perfect. It was my first day at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, the cold Montreal Winter was already a forgotten memory and it was the New Year. As I walked on the wet sand, one step at the time, surrounded by the beauty of the ocean and the blue sky, the resolution came naturally. “I resolve I will always feel as alive as I am in this moment and I resolve I will always feel immense gratitude for it.”
I must admit that it took a very auspicious set of circumstances for this experience to happen because not every day we wake up in beautiful Paradise Island. Let’s say that my inner and outer elements conspired to arouse in me the love for life and the energy to commit to such a high resolve.
The question now is how to keep these resolutions alive all year long. How to make every moment fresh, how to remain always in awe, how to be overwhelmed by emotion by the most common sights and gestures. There is a way, Thich Nhat Hanh says: “Breathe in… Breathe out…” One step, another step… As simple and difficult as that. Nothing to accept, reject, discuss or debate. Just something to do and not only on the New Year but every day and every moment. So if I want my resolutions to work all year round I must apply myself all the time to feeling alive and present even in the absence of palm trees and turquoise waters and to have immense gratitude in all scenarios including Montreal below-zero temperatures.
Have a wonderful New Year with or without resolutions!