“And now let us believe in
a long year that is given to us,
new, untouched, full of things
that have never been.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s, major changes were taking place in society. Groups of people were standing up, speaking out and holding up the mirror of reality to those who asked as well as those who turned away. I was on the periphery.
My life was that of a young woman in a new marriage raising two children of mine and two children from my husband’s previous marriage. I worked full-time. I juggled everything I needed to do with energy and a zest for a full life. I could not, however, take part in the near-revolution which was taking place all over the country. What was happening called to me, but to no avail. I carefully observed the process, listened to the stories and gathered the news from the daily paper, taking in the angst and the hope of the thousands out in the streets and parks.
As my children grew older, I returned to school in the evenings, studied psychology, philosophy, history, political science and a host of other life- expanding subjects. By the mid-seventies, my husband and I were involved in the human potential movement – encounter groups, bodywork, hot tubs, Gestalt groups. marathon sessions with Werner Erhard and others.
In 1976, we met with the Maharishi, received our mantras and began meditating twice a day. I found that meditation boosted my energy level and I was able to get through busy and stressful days and nights as I worked towards my master’s degree and then my Ph.D. Meditation led me to yoga and the Tao. This was 37 years ago!
It is one hour and fifteen minutes to the New Year, 2013 and I have come full circle. In my search for inner peace, I have returned to the teachings of Lao Tzu and his book, the ” Tao Te Ching.” Once again, I read the words “shift of attitude” and once again realize the intrinsic relationship between inner and outer peace and planetary peace.
MAKE 2013 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!
I would love to hear how you will make 2013 your best year ever. Please, connect if you are so inclined.
Here’s another more complete translation of the Rilke poem above…
“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.”
R.M. Rilke, Letter to Clara Rilke, 1 January 1907
Translation: Jane Bannard Greene and M.D. Herter Norton