There's little doubt for most of us that 2011 might be the most remarkable and expansive year we've ever known. I'm hitting 65 and feeling like it's a whole new world opening up, for all of us. Why?
Because each new moment, each of us is deciding what the new year will feel like... contracted, fearful, tense and dark, or expansive, loving, relaxed and bright. Our choice.
As a reasonably radical psychologist, there's one thing I've come to understand clearly: Where we focus our attention determines the experience that comes to us. And in extension, how we impact the world.
We can focus on the negative and fearful, and generate more of the same. Or we can regularly choose to shift our attention in more rewarding, insightful, expansive directions, and bring more light and love into 2011.
In this spirit, I've just picked up my guitar for the first time in far too long, and written a short 2011 ditty that feels also like it could also be our secular mantra: "I choose to enjoy this moment, and I choose to enjoy this day. I choose to enjoy my whole sweet life ... hello, come what may!"
We can choose every moment to let our little light shine. I say, let's do it! Let's set a New Years resolution to live more in the eternal here and now, to spontaneously choose courage and integrity as our modus operandi -- and to hold firm unfaltering faith in human love, inspired vision, and wise responsible joyous actions.
Enjoy the music and friendly folk on the video: