Most people I know make New Year's Resolutions. That's never worked for me. Instead, I find a Spiritual Action that I practice for the entire year. I spend some time on New Year's Day contemplating what I could do to grow spiritually or perhaps it is better stated as I think about what I could do differently to help me become a better person.
Over the years I have practiced Patience, Forgiveness, Non Judgment, Compassion/Kindness, Letting Go of Expectations, Gratitude and many more. Sometimes I made myself do the Spiritual Action for two years if I had trouble with it - that happened with both letting go of Judgment and with releasing Expectations. I was astonished to discover how much I judged and expected and I considered myself a pretty tolerant and easy-going person. Getting through those 4 years (not in a row) was life-changing for me. For one thing, I became so much less critical and so much happier! Gratitude is a Spiritual Action that I have done a total of 3 times. That has been the most profound Spiritual Action for me so far, as I now inhabit a life that feels blesses, because I am so blessed....
This year I have decided to practice Acceptance. I want to be able to more fully accept "what is." That doesn't mean that I can't change some things and fix some things. But I find myself getting too frustrated about things that I can't change or that don't involve me. And, perhaps there are things that I need to be patient about and I'm truly hoping that practicing Acceptance will help with that. Otherwise, Patience will have to be done once again. I'd also like to accept not just things that happen to me, I also want to accept other people more - to really be able to appreciate them exactly as they and where they are even though I am so motivated to help them become their future selves. And most important, I want to accept myself, whatever that really means and I do hope to learn that.
I have the sneaking suspicion that Acceptance won't be that easy. I will keep you informed about how I am doing. If anyone out there would like to join me in finding a Spiritual Practice for the year, I would love to hear about it!
Happy New Year!