Consciousness,  spirituality,  Yoga in the Everyday

Living and Dying in the New Year

My two and half year old daughter has recently taken to announcing when “night” comes.  As soon a the sun’s light begins to fade she yells “night!” and with equal fervor at dawn the next morning she yells “night all gone!”.  I love her sense of rhythm.  I love that she gets excited the death of day and birth of night, and vice versa, with sensitivity to the continual cycling of our daily life.

We’re coming up to a time that represents to most of us the completion of yet another cycle.  We enter the death of our calendar year, and like with any other death this makes space for the springing forth of new life.  Ever regenerating, moment by moment we live and die, and live again.So, as we move toward the New Year I wonder if I can get as excited about the birth and death inherent in life as my daughter does every day.  I wonder if I can yell from the roof tops that  in me which I am willing to let die.  And, with equal zeal can I announce the coming of my renewal?  This happens at every layer of our existence – from the birth and death of jobs and relationships to my thoughts, emotions and cells  Author Gary Zukav says this:

Every subatomic interaction consists of the annihilation of the original particles and the creation of new subatomic particlews.  The subatomic world is a continual dance of creation and annihilation, of mass changing into energy and energy changing to mass.  Transient forms sparkle in and out of existence, creating a never-ending, forever newly created reality”.

I want to know this dance in my very bones – to experience the annihilation and creation of reality every day, in every moment.  Like everything else in our culture, the New Year celebration is often reduced to a time for dedicating to “fixing” our broken characters and chubby bodies and the meaning of renewal is lost.  This year, instead of yoga just being part of your weight loss or anger management plan, can you also see it as your “get to know the real nature of renewal” plan?  In the depth of your practice, when the mind has slowed and the moment has started to emerge in real time, begin to deeply sense the death and birth of life within and all around you.  Let it sweep you into swirling waters of the cosmos, – sensations, thoughts, emotions arising and dissolving in eternity.  Let go of your idea of permanence, until you can hear your subatomic self bellow out the arrival of it’s demise and creation like a two year old announcing the coming of night.