Happy New Year

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2014 be a year full of only goodness, light and love.

I’m sure you are all well underway with your new year’s resolutions. This tradition actually goes back a long way, the ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. That reminds me that I must give Mental Guru his nasal hair clippers back that he lent to me, at what I consider to be quite a reasonable rate.

Most of you though have probably joined gyms and are pounding treadmills and cross trainers all over the world in an attempt to lose those extra pounds you piled on whilst indulging yourselves too much over the Christmas period. Others of you are attempting to give up cigarettes and alcohol after the festivities.

I don’t want to be negative but over half the people who take on resolutions break them within three months and return to their previous states or even worse. Lasting change doesn’t come about because you feel guilty or bad about something, whether that be drinking, smoking or being overweight. Lasting change comes about when we have the awareness to see where the behaviour originates from that makes us eat, drink or smoke, whether that be fear or loss, envy or pain and in seeing these feelings within ourselves and not judging them the habits can slowly fade away naturally.

Of course it is not necessarily quite that easy and awareness is a discipline in and of itself. His Holiness Sri Twangybanjo always says on this “Observation leads to transformation. Analysis leads to paralysis.” There have been several other previous posts on the blog relating to Awareness that can help you understand this concept further but one of our favourite books on the subject is Anthony De Mello’s Awareness, which is a truly beautiful read.

Happy New Year my friends.

Let us make it a year to remember.

Peace. Om. Chaka Khan

Swami Cashinanda

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