Welcoming A New Year

arrowIn a rich and abundant world of variety and choices, we enter the time largely accepted as the start of a new year. We say goodbye and thank you to 2018 and all it has been. We will never see it again. It has been what it has been and helped us to become who we are today. As individual travelers and adventurers, we have grown and been enriched by this time. And as we look back with gratitude and the natural grief of a loving goodbye, we begin to anticipate the new and our next greatest potentials. There are some that are known and some that cannot yet be perceived. Our ability to harmonize with our true nature and to participate with our genuine energy will help us experience all that we know is possible. It can be our best year ever and create a momentum like we have never felt before.
The New Year has been celebrated on earth for thousands of years. One can look at the Persian example of Nowruz. Though celebrated on approximately March 21, it is a festive time that extends into other countries such as India and North Western china. It has been recorded for more than 3000 years. In Japan and largely around the rest of the world, New Years Day is January 1st. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced into Japans increasingly secular system during the Meiji period in 1873. Japan had been operating with the Chinese calendar since the 6th Century with Japanese variations to it from 1685. The Gregorian Calendar itself was created in 1582 by order of Pope Gregory Xlll. January 1st has been acknowledged as the first day of the year since the year 46BC when the Julian Calendar was introduced by the Roman Emperor Julias Caesar. Leap years were introduced in both calendars in an attempt to keep pace with the movement of the solar system. Though some nations still honour tradition and alignment with the movement of the sun and moon, perhaps the interconnectivity of the planet and the general enthusiasm for a good party has seen January 1st widely celebrated throughout the world as New Years day.
It is fascinating that ancient traditions were in harmony with natural cycles. That celebrations were in-tune with natural rhythms. In this appointed time of the New Year, we can enjoy the ritual aspects of Japan, the dynamic fun of gatherings, and the shared hopes and dreams on an individual and collective journey into 2019. We can contemplate our new creations in the peace of appreciation of the past. 2019 is a wonderful year to be alive, to explore, to expand and to be awake. Happy New Year to all!


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