The human experience is cyclical. The New Year indicates the passage of time. It is a reminder that nothing is permanent. As fall comes, eventually so too will the coldness of winter. During the cold, dark nights of winter, we yearn for the warm, sunny days ahead. We are in a continuous loop or what is known in Hindu as Samsara, a cycle of worldly existence.
Wherever you are, at any given moment, is only a temporary state of existence. It is a resting point, until you transition to the next phase or level. Whenever you feel stuck in a rut, this is your inner guidance acknowledging that movement and change should be occurring even if it has yet to do so. Change is constant in Samsara, the circle of life. Change is the vehicle that propels this cycle.
Pain and suffering is created by holding onto things that must be let go. We create pain by trying to hold onto form, by trying to hold onto things which have been outgrown. We foolishly cling to conditions which previously gave us joy, nourishment, and fulfillment, hoping to retrieve these experiences again, yet in the present we experience pain. In the present, we give up our peace. The future is created as a result of what is happening now.
The start of a new year is a universal change collectively experienced. The winds of change propel us forward. As we continue this cycle, let us be mindful of what we carry with us into this new year. Like butterflies emerging from their cocoon, let us shed our previous selves and embrace a new destiny - a destiny that has yet to be determined.