Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Andy's New Year Wisdom for 2015

Nature knows best .. relax and surrender to the flow of life.
No new year's resolutions here. For a start, I would change the word 'resolutions' for 'intentions'. My one biggest intention for 2015 is to surrender to the flow of life and do the best I can. That doesn't mean just sitting by and passively allowing life's circumstances to knock you over - although I do have a bit of a tendency towards being passive. One thing I need to do is take more action.

However, I'm at somewhat of a transitional phase in life, and during these times, it's better to take things one step at a time. This goes against the ego's constant craving for a better future.

We can't see the whole road ahead. 
Sometimes, you have to make difficult decisions. The spiritual pathway is not an easy one at times - or maybe it's better to call it 'the road less travelled'. If you truly want to fulfil your life's purpose, you will face hard times along the way. Without doubt, one of the most challenging aspects of the journey is that sometimes, you can feel very alone - and this can be this case even if you are surrounded by a family or have lots of friends. In fact, an unsupportive partner could potentially make you feel even more alone. One of my biggest fears is becoming destitute with no-one or nothing to support me. It's unlikely to happen, but leaving the so-called 'security' of the 9 to 5 grind can certainly trigger some of my greatest fears.

I don't believe in some of the Law of Attraction teachings - sometimes shit happens that is out of your control - but I do believe that we have a choice in how to respond to what happens to us - and this is where it comes back to doing the best I can. I do think that having a more positive frame of mind helps. Sometimes, it's better not to watch the news or to have too much exposure to what's happening and the difficulties people are facing - which is why I've recently unsubscribed from the Another Angry voice Facebook page - I think it's important to be aware of what's going on and I think most of us have some idea of how corrupt the government are. But too much reading the news could make you identify with the flaws of the system and consequently it will be harder to stay positive during the tough times.

Most if not all of us will go through times where we feel life has abandoned us and we don't know which way to turn. On the surface, things are pretty bleak for me at the moment. I have not been able to probably process my brother's death yet, because it would be too much for me, after all that I have been through in the last few years. That's okay. Maybe now is not the time to be so sad about it but to believe that Antony is still with me in spirit. Death is one thing that doesn't make a lot of sense - but it does bring us closer to the Divine or God in a way that not many other things do. Maintaining our resolve when life seems unfair can be quite a challenge. This is where surrender comes in - when our outer circumstances can seem tough, but inwardly, we can still remain strong.

I like the New Year. More than Christmas. It's the chance to be 'out with the old, in with the new'. 2014 was not an easy year and its effects will be felt for the rest of my life. But life goes on. I don't want to set too many external goals for this year - rather, I want to be focused on loving myself and surrendering to what is and going with the flow - and take inspired action at the right time. There's no point trying to overwhelm myself or expect too much.

That's all folks. Wishing you all the best for the coming year, and let's hope it's a little easier than 2014.

Photo from Facebook, unsure of original source.

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