On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.*
January is traditionally the time we all offer each other the best wishes for the coming year and look back on the year that is behind us. So let us start by sincerely wishing you a blessed 2015 for you and your loved ones.
Hopefully 2014 was a wonderful year for you. But maybe it was not a particularly happy year for you. Maybe you are still working through the pain it has left in your heart. Maybe you don’t feel particularly optimistic and excited about 2015 commencing. Maybe the tasks ahead of you are daunting.
So what now?
We might admit that life is not always great and fulfilling.
That we suffer as well.
That our loved ones suffer.
That life doesn’t always play fair.
Sometimes in the midst of deep sorrow
a spark of humour, a sudden sense of deep connection,
manages to come through.
Those are moments we might feel most alive
Moments we might remember for the rest of our lives
Bitter-sweet memories of aliveness.
Recognizing the heartache, the grief of 2014
feeling into it, even for a couple of seconds
might then connect us to our sense of warmth, even gratitude
for being alive, for sharing beautiful moments with loved ones, for making a meaningful contribution in the lives of friends, colleagues and clients.
That is what we, the team of the Centre for Embodied Wisdom, wish you for 2015;
Heart-warming moments of aliveness, wonderment, and connection. As well as the strength to carry the burden of life in the more difficult moments and the capacity to reach out for support. Not because you are weak, but because you are human.
- From A Blessing For The New Year, by John O’Donohue, from To Bless The Space Between Us↩