More and more people are consciously going beyond a defined space and time concept model commonly know as a continuum. One such example of this conceptually constructed concept is the beginning of a new year. You may have heard, read or even participated in a worldwide tradition called making a new year’s resolution.
When did this act of commitment to do or reach a specific desire or goal begin? A resolution may be a determined mind decision but is it deliberate? (consciously made) Wikipedia shares the following information about making a resolution each year:
“Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.”
I have shared this particular paragraph to illustrate how a thought/belief conception has evolved into a mind conditioned misconception. A new year’s resolution was practiced to please and honor the gods earlier in our history. There are still many religious practices used by Christians as well as others that are based on making resolutions.
This article however is not about religious practices or to suggest that making a resolution is good or bad. There are no such things as good or bad; except in the mind. What we can spiritually consider is our state of conscious living. A resolution as with many behavioral habits is an attempt to improve the self, personally and often collectively.
The self is in reference to a human being as seen by him or herself. This usually also implies from a personal and collective standpoint. Or does it? What are you attempting to achieve when you make a resolution? Obviously this would suggest planning or wishing for a change to occur. However what is really happening during this promise or commitment to the self?
Thereby it is likely that a person will invest a lot of both human and universal life energy based on the thoughts or beliefs about one or more resolutions. What is usually forgotten or at least overlooked due to this mind game behavior? The present moment is disregarded because of the desire or plan to reach something. There could be one or many things that a person will search and strive to obtain.
Three typical wishes for a new year are happiness, health and prosperity. These are matter-of-fact components of our existence that have a place and meaning for us as human beings. The universal entity of life however will mostly remain obscured by the minds tricks during such endeavors. This is because a resolution originates in the mind and is an attempt to satisfy the mind.
This usually does not truly offer spiritual fulfillment or enlightenment to the flow of life. Rather it causes us to remain in a state of dissatisfaction and anxiety. Our practice is to be happy, healthy and prosperous now. The recognition, awareness and acceptance of now offer a portal to harmony and serenity with the self and life. This is not a mind-made resolution rather it is a natural state of existing.
P.S. This is a seminar from Alan Watts whereby he shares insight into our relentless chasing a carrot at the end of a rope behavior. He offers many ideas throughout this discussion can be useful during the shift to conscious living.