Losar, the Tibetan New Year, begins tomorrow in our American time zone. This Year of the Wood Sheep celebration runs February 19-21, 2015, and is not dissimilar to the Chinese astrological (lunar) calendar. Like a spiritual awakening, each and every New Year holyday can remind us of birth’s sacred meaning.
This huge and ancient 3 day Himalayan festival, now celebrated all around the world, is a time for purifying and relinquishing the old unwholesome and stultifying karma (actions and results) in our life outer and inner, and giving birth to the new, the brighter and more wholesome and enlightened. Who doesn’t wish to participate in that?
Like a harbinger of spring, the New Year is a time when we hope for new and favorable beginnings: new light, new hope, renewed energy and aspirations. When we hold this consciousness in our heart, we naturally offer it back to life, not only giving life meaning but revitalizing it. We then participate not only in the mystery of our own being but in the whole wonder of creation. A New Year celebration returns us to birth’s sacred meaning, which can be found each and every moment for those with eyes to feel it. Awakening this kind of soulful, loving awareness is a returning to the heart of life, no longer through the illusion of separation but from a place of sacred communion, co-meditation and interbeing, where we is the new iye. Co-meditative inter-awareness allows us to relax, relent (drop our guard), and dissolve into that which far exceeds our small selves, as if bursting a bubble and recognizing that there’s no difference between the air inside the bubble and the air outside—it’s all good ole air. Please join me in elevating and deepening your me-ditation into we-ditation.