When a new year starts,
our tendency is to feel that we should
“get back to business”
“do all the things that we put off during the holidays”
We become impatient with ourselves
feeling we’re not accomplishing things fast enough
Already not achieving goals as the new year speeds away
Perhaps there are things in our lives that need attention
that we would do well to bring back into our consciousness and address
But when you were talking about your new year’s resolutions
did you vow to listen to your inner voice?
Did you reflect on what it would look like to honor yourself,
to act on your desire to be that person you know you truly are?
Breathe deeply. Try not to rush.
The new year is but a date on a calendar.
Your life is a constant flow…
Do not stand on the bank.
Jump in the river with me.
As you begin the year of 2010, be patient with yourself.
In your life, in your work, in your art
Be silent now.
Say fewer and fewer praise poems.
Let yourself become living poetry.
(Non-italicized lines from Rumi poems)
“Pieces of a Broken Cup,” “Soul Houses”