Many of us see this time of year as being about new beginnings. A chance to start a season of learning after the hazy days of summer. Too often I think we see this learning not as a joyful exploration, but as a “should” so we can better ourselves. I recently read a passage in Pema Chodron’s Comfortable with Uncertainty that summed up my thoughts on this subject. She references meditation, but I think the passage can be easily generalized.
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest.”
I hope you approach all your new beginnings with kindness and curiosity!