SEASON OF RENEWAL
This year, coincidently, Western Christians, Jews and Muslims celebrated Easter, Passover and Ramadan, respectively, over the same weekend. For these world’s great religions this is a season of reexamination, rebirth, redemption and renewal. Christians observe the resurrection of Christ. Jews observe the miracles associated with the escape from Egypt to a new life, and Muslims observe the revealing of the Koran to the Prophet. The message in all cases is that we have the capacity to begin a new life, clean the slate, start over, and be better people. And this is what I hope to inspire in you this week. This message of renewal exists not only during these annual holidays but every day. We humans have the capacity and the opportunity to start over and become better versions of ourselves. And we possess the capacity for this renewal continually. I suggest we make this a focus of our morning meditations and journaling.
To do this focus on the positive, the hopeful, not guilt or shaming. Try to avoid good/bad, right/wrong or black/white judgements of your life. Focus more on thoughts, emotions and practices that serve you better to achieve your ultimate goals or to be the person you want to be. You have the opportunity, every day, to start over.
In your journal, focus on defining your emotions as the day begins, then try to honestly assess how you might like to shift those thoughts or emotions through the day in order to lead you to a more positive, helpful place. In your meditation, visualize encircling the broken places in your life with light and love. Maybe you are struggling in a relationship, job or career challenges, a health challenge or addiction. Embrace the brokenness, because it is as much a part of you as your triumphs. You are meant to learn from the tough experiences of life. Meditate then on the ability you have to place those less helpful aspects in perspective, and create new, more positive, memories and emotions using the knowledge you have gained.
Whatever you do, take hope in the fact that you can renew and recharge every day, healing what breaks you and thriving anew. Find the peaceful calm of your pure consciousness, in meditating beyond self-conscious thought to that peaceful place where the power of creativity and possibility reside. It is in that space that you can be the best version of yourself, every day!
Dr. John Monaco