Out with the Old
As I was throwing the old calendar out today, I realised how easily and flippantly I did that. I replaced it with a new calendar and Voila! that was that. I wondered in that moment how come I do not do that with my old thinking patterns, my conditioning or my old habits? Just throw out the ones that are redundant.
But, no! It is not that easy. I am attached to them. They have become like a new skin over my original one. And I would not even know where to start!
So as the new decade rolls in, my thoughts turn to resolutions, decisions and how I want my new year, nay new decade to look like. But having ‘resolutions’ is like another skin covering I make over my existing ones. More resolve, more fight, more determination and effort to throw out the old. Like I wrote last year more than resolutions, dissolution fits more with what I try to do as often as I can.
A New Vision
Dissolving the old patterns. Letting go of the old as I see it and become aware of it. Dancing in the Osho International Meditation Resort last night as we welcomed the new decade in the slogan was
And that is something I am going to remind myself of each moment as I step into the new decade. I am enthused by this new year. (As I was at the beginning of the last. And look what happened there!) But somehow the figure 2020 is exciting to me as it signifies new vision, new insights, clarity or perception, new ways of looking at the same old things and a way to break with the old vision. A decade of the third eye!
That is one of the things I love about the Osho Meditation Resort. At a functional level, life goes on day in, day out; decade in decade out. Meditations continue to happen, food goes on being cooked, cleaning goes on happening and work goes on being done. But at a deeper, subtler level something radical is happening. An individual transformation, a collective rising of consciousness, a lake of awareness is being created which helps new comers and old alike to go deeper into themselves.
So let us ring in the changes whatever they may mean to you, in whatever shape or form they take and let us look at things anew, afresh and with clarity. And with clarity will come a new understanding, a new perception and the old will dissolve by itself. Nothing else to do. In resolution there is a determination and effort. In dissolution, there is a letting go and relaxation as things happen by themselves.
Here’s to more of letting go and more of a new vision.
Osho’s insights are always powerful. Let him have the last word about his new vision.
“I teach a new man, a new humanity, a new concept of being in the world. I proclaim homo novus. The old man is dying, and there is no need to help it survive any more. The old man is on the deathbed: don’t mourn for it – help it to die. Because only with the death of the old can the new be born. The cessation of the old is the beginning of the new. “
OSHO, Pholosophia Perennis, Vol #2, Talk #2