Watching for the Sun

Before sunrise, January 1, 2018

Before sunrise, January 1, 2018

This morning I was up early, thanks to my forgetting to disable my 5:20 a.m. alarm. This afforded me the opportunity to do my morning yoga practice in the west facing bedroom as the bright Super moon set. As the sky began to brighten from the east. I moved to the eastern facing bedroom to do my breathing and centering practice while waiting for the sun to rise. 

A good way to bring in the new year, I think.  

My last act of 2017 was to finish a small hand knit neck warmer that I had been working on all year. I had picked it up and put it down, sometimes for weeks at a time, throughout the year. I’m in a knitting mod again, probably due to the deeply cold weather that has settled in all around us.

Last night, when I picked up the neck warmer, I realized I was one hour away from finishing it, and as it was about one hour away from midnight, I took on the challenge to complete it before the new year. I almost made it.  The finishing knot was tied a couple minutes past midnight. Close enough! 

A main goal for 2018 is to be less “plugged in.” Like many of us in 2017, I got pulled into the 24-hour news cycle, only to extricate myself a few days later feeling like someone dragging themself to shore after surviving a shipwreck, bedraggled and in need of relief. This is not a good way for me to live, especially as I struggle with anxiety. This year I will need to find a balance on staying aware without getting pulled into the maelstrom. 

I need to take my time and energy back from the endless chatter of social media, every twist and turn of the news, even the latest diatribes by my favorite sharp-witted late night comedians. That time is better spent in self-care, self-development, creative pursuits, and mindful rest. By doing acts of self-care and creativity, I can have a positive impact on the world. Making a habit of gawking and getting pissed off at the state of the world doesn’t do anyone any good. 

May we each take time to remember what’s truly important, and live into that in 2018. I think it will do us all some good.

Happy New Year. Happy New Day.