New year, new you? Or new moment, new you?
There's nothing wrong with New Year's Resolutions. There's nothing wrong with resolving to be a better you when you hit a milestone like a birthday or new calendar year.
However, I do think we should ask ourselves, why can't we be a better version of ourselves right now? Why do we wait for an external change in order to feel better on the inside?
Think about it - we only ever have the moment we're experiencing right now, so why delay being a better you? Why delay the feeling of love, joy, or passion for a time in the future?
All we ever have is the present moment. The past already happened, and the future will never come.
When the clock strikes midnight and the year turns to 2019, you might feel a deeper energy source open up inside of you. You might jump into 2019 with a newfound passion. That is an awesome feeling, and one I deeply enjoy.
But as you go into the year, ask yourself if you're only willing to settle on this feeling once a year, or all the time?
The truth is, we can open that energy source right now, in any moment, of any day, of any month, of any year. We don't have to wait. That's the beauty of going inward.
Style is waiting for external conditions, in this case the New Year, to feel better. Substance is going within, recognizing that we have the conscious power to experience that energy at any time.
This is the message I'm passionate about spreading - that you have the power to do this, and no one can take that from you.
I think this is tremendously exciting. It unlocks so many more opportunities to feel the things we want to feel some day. We don't have to wait for some day, or something outside to happen in order to experience the love, joy, creativity, and passion we long for. We can have it all now.
So, while you might enjoy saying, "new year new me!" to all your friends, maybe try to start saying "new moment new me" to yourself as much as you can, and see if that makes a difference.
Lately I've been trying to focus more on the present by letting go of the past and future. Because of this, I've been able to accomplish more things and feel more at peace because my mind isn't looking backward, forward, or sideways. It's focused on the here and now.
All you'll ever have is this moment.
Live with substance!