New Years Day 2024
Leaping Into This Year Like A... Frog
My first substack post and my dharma talk from my workshop yesterday.
Here we are 2024. This is a special year, not just because we get an extra day.
As we sit here on the threshold of this new year, I can’t help but think of how much we have accomplished and conquered over the last one. I know for many of us we have dealt with tremendous obstacles that have tested our patience, peace of mind, and even our wellbeing. And although some of us aren’t on the other side yet, we all still showed up. That is what I love about this gathering. This yearly coming together, whether it’s your first time or your 9th, we are here to honor ourselves and each other and set an anchor for the new year.
My hope is that this year will be a tapestry of resilience, growth, and joy.
My hope is that we can let go of the weights that tether us to the past, and with unbridled enthusiasm, leap into the future.
In the dance of time, my hope is that you let your steps be filled with purpose, your heart with gratitude, and your spirit with steadfast optimism.
My hope is that we remember, that every leap is a declaration of faith in ourselves and the possibilities that lie ahead. As you navigate the uncharted waters of the new year, may you find the strength to overcome the inevitable challenges, the wisdom to seize opportunities, and the joy of unexpected discoveries.
When I think of a leap year the first thing that comes to my mind are frogs.
So as we leap into the new year, let's draw inspiration from the humble frog, a creature that effortlessly embodies the spirit of change and adaptation. Just like the frog leaps fearlessly between lily pads, we too can navigate the waters of the coming year with resilience and enthusiasm.
In the frog's graceful leap, we find a metaphor for embracing opportunities. With each jump, the frog propels itself forward, transcending boundaries and limitations. Likewise, let this new year be a canvas for your bold leaps—leaps of faith, leaps of creativity, and leaps of personal growth.
The frog, with its keen sense of timing, knows when to make its move. As we approach the new year, let's tune into our intuition and recognize the opportune moments for positive change. Trust in the rhythm of life, take a deep breath and take that leap with confidence.
Just as the frog undergoes metamorphosis, transforming from tadpole to amphibian, let this year be a period of personal transformation for you. Shed old habits, embrace new perspectives, and leap into the fullness of your potential.
Leap with love, leap with purpose, and leap with the unwavering belief that you have the power to shape your destiny. Happy New Year – a year of courageous leaps, boundless potential, and the infinite beauty of new beginnings
Happy leaping into the new year—may your journey be filled with exciting leaps, boundless growth, and the delightful surprises that come with embracing change!