Another New Year Resolution?

This year, instead of setting resolutions built on habits and foundational ideas of who you want to be, focus your new year on loving more, having gratitude, finding God where you are and letting Him take care of the rest.

Written by: Daya

At the start of a new year, most of us feel the need to make a resolution. We find something we will improve, attain or change in ourselves and in our daily life. We often fail to accomplish what we set out for ourselves and end up feeling disappointed and blame ourselves. 

However, paradoxically most of us dislike the idea of being told by another person what to do, to be given something that requires discipline or should become a daily task or practice. We often feel the need to be in control and in charge of our own lives and how we live; to determine what, where and how our days should be.

As a result, we waste a huge amount of our time and our energy doing things that take us nowhere. This need to fight tooth and nail to hold onto our mindset about freedom and free will, limits instead of expanding those very concepts. Ironically, it makes us vulnerable to our own stubbornness, habits and imprinted experiences even from previous lives. In other words, our samskaras become more and more ingrained, keeping us stagnating and limited to what we think we know about life and ourselves.

To help us advance, release this mindset, and realize the Divine Love already within us, sadhana and seva are given by the Master. They must be received and performed freely and are never imposed. His mercy is so great and His Love so unconditional. He gives us the opportunity to blossom, to expand and to surrender to Divine Love – our true essence. To live our everyday life consciously as an expression of that Essence.

The different sadhanas available to us are varied to suit our sense of individuality. Each one is an opportunity to express our bhakti and gratitude for His guidance, for this Love He gives us so freely and unconditionally – equally.

There’s no judgment from Him so why does it come from us? How can a guilty conscience help us advance on our path? There is no punishment from Him. It is all from our own minds. Let’s embrace His guidance and accept our sadhana and seva with joy and enthusiasm, expressing that bhakti so that it becomes true love in action, every day, every moment. 

This year, instead of setting resolutions built on habits and foundational ideas of who you want to be, focus your new year on loving more, on finding God where you are and let Him take care of the rest.