New Year's Resolutions and Commentary

Happy New Year everyone!

The following is a response to a recent post by Frederic and Mary Ann Brusset titled Spiritually Literate New Year’s Resolutions. I felt compelled to provide my own version of these resolutions, largely because the resolutions as they are currently written are dualistic in nature. They assume that there exists a ‘me’ that is separate from others. However, what mystics have taught for millennia is that there is no separation between self and others; that there is only one divine reality that contains everything. This divine reality is what you are—your true nature. It is the timeless, spacious awareness that perceives the entire phenomenal world. It is the emptiness that IS all form. It is what you are and what you are is just this. JUST THIS. THIS. THIS THIS. None other than THIS.

Have you realized this directly? If not, the 10 practices can assist you in living more fully and compassionately as a human being. However, ultimately, freedom and liberation, and all that follows, such as compassion for all phenomena and all beings, arises when you see through the illusion of the self and realize your true nature.

In keeping with the intent of the original list of New Year’s Resolutions, in addition to a brief comment about each of the resolutions, I also provide a resolution. However, note that there is no ‘me’ to adopt a resolution or resolve anything.

Note that it doesn’t take lifetimes to wake up; or decades, or years, or months, or days, or hours, or minutes, or seconds. You can realize your true nature right now. RIGHT NOW. What you are looking with is what you are looking for. So, I ask you, “what is it that is looking?”

From Spirituality and Practice: Resolutions for the New Year

1. I will live in the present moment. I will not obsess about the past or worry about the future.

VJF Response and Resolution

1. There is no ‘I’ to live in the present moment. You are the present moment itself. Obsession about the past or the future is nothing more than mental conditioning. You are not those thoughts. You are not who you think you are. Ask yourself instead, “What is observing those thoughts of past and future?” That is the question you should contemplate.

  • Resolution #1: Resolve to see through the illusion of your ‘me.’ Do this through inquiry. Can you find a ‘me?’ Look. Really look. Are you your thoughts? Are you your feelings? Are you the body? What are you?

From Spirituality and Practice: Resolutions for the New Year