A New Year’s Blessing
by Karen Maezen Miller
The New Year is a powerful time in our lives, and by
that I mean in our practice. Through no effort of our
own, we arrive at a point of culmination. A moment of
reflection and renewal. In this span between what we
think of as the old and the new, regret can stir. We may
be more aware of our stubborn habits and shortcomings,
our losses and the never-ending ache of unfulfillment.
Another year gone, and all those things we were going to
do! All those changes we were going to make!
This recognition is a rare and momentous blessing,
and one to be used. Recognition is all any of us needs
to make a change.
It is impossible not to do your best. You just don’t
think it’s your best. Every moment arises pure and
perfect from conditions as they are. From you, as you
are. Our judgment alone, our ego mind, distinguishes
best from less, gain from loss and new from old.
Judgment alone separates us from the fulfillment we
think lies just beyond the precipice of time.
And so I seize this moment to wish you all the best.
I wish you less of what you can live without and more
of what you’ve always wanted. Less anger, and less
quickness to anger. Less greed, and more
open-mindedness. Less judgment, doubt and cynicism, and
less of the pain and confusion they create. Less hurry.
Less fear. More of the compassionate love that can only
arise in the absence of fear.
I would wish you more time, but you already have it.
It only takes a moment to transform your life. A moment
of undefiled, nonjudgmental awareness. A moment of
practice, and everything everywhere is new again.
Only you can make it so, but I will wish it just the
same: your best new year.