It is the first day of 2019 !
Foremost, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year.
A few days ago, I had shared an idea about why we should aim to have a New Year theme and not a list of resolutions for the New Year.
Following my own advice, I have come up with a year theme for the year 2019.
The theme for this year is :
PUTTING MY BELIEFS TO TEST
On a personal level, I have always felt that the way I lead my life might not always reflect the values I think I have.
Because, a belief has to go through the test of life to become a living value in a person’s character. It is easy to advertise or assume a set of beliefs as our own, but to truly live by them in each moment is a challenge.
I might believe that Non-Violence should be a philosophy I must adhere to. But in order for it to become a value I live by, I must practice it with great deliberation for years and put it through the test of life.
Each brick in the foundation of my values has to be cured by the kiln of life.
A few beliefs I have at this stage are:
1) TRUST IN THE UNIVERSE
I believe that the Universe has an exquisite design. Each action has a consequence, no matter how oblivious I might be of it. In that light, I believe in doing the best I can with the gift of Life.
Will Karma take care of the rest?
I believe all of existence to be One.
We dwell in a cosmic pool of consciousness, infinite in every dimension.
If all of existence is One, whatever I do to someone else, is akin to doing the same thing to myself.
Then, what must I do with my time and my life?
3) CREATING GIFTS AND PRACTICING GIFT ECONOMY
This belief is a natural extension of the two that precede it.
As a human being, I must make the best use of my creative energy and share it with the world. The gift of life must beget more gifts for the world around me.
No matter how much I have, I must always be willing to share.
As rosy as it sounds,
Is there an inherent fairness in this parallel economy?
I will only know when the belief has been through the test of life.
I am mentioning just three of my current beliefs to drive home the point of why I am choosing to put them to test in this New Year.
How shall I do it?
By living mindfully, in practical adherence to all my beliefs.
My beliefs cannot remain cerebral concepts to be availed during discussions with friends. They have to be tested through.
This year I want to have an empirical existence.
Maybe an year is too short a time to test my beliefs.
But it is still a start.
I feel a nervous excitement inside me.
It is a good sign !
Have you thought of a New Year theme yet?
I hope you have.
This is going to be quite a wild ride.
Let the adventure begin !