Are you feeling that forward motion energy out there? The New Year brings such new hope and bright ideas to the surface. There's something about flipping that virtual calendar to a new year that feels like a clean slate.
And yet, we never really are clean slates, no matter what the calendar says.
Our patterns, memories, identities, and ego structures follow us from calendar year to calendar year. This is only a problem, however, if it's a problem. Some of our patterns are really good! You might have a pattern of stopping and thinking before you respond to someone. Your pattern might be early bedtimes and rising at dawn to meditate and journal. You might see yourself for what you truly are (which is perfect, whole, and complete). You might show up right away when a friend is in distress or there's a pet that needs adopting. Heck, hopefully you at least have the pattern of brushing your teeth every day.