Instead of Following Traditional New Year’s Customs, Celebrate Life

Being conscious and mindful means we live differently. It means we don’t follow the mainstream ways of life or “join the crowd”. We are the quiet leaders of a new and improved way of being. Why not choose a unique way to observe and honor “a new year” rather than drinking parties or boring television celebrations, why not celebrate our humanity and the beauty of the natural world?

It is western culture that created celebrating the New Year on December 31st with customs that are group/party focused. Did you know that the year 2000 bce in Mesopotamia was when the first celebration of the “new year” happened? It took place when there was a new moon and when the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length in March. So, why not choose to celebrate in our own way, commemorating our connectedness to each other and nature? Instead of unobservable resolutions, why not create ways to be more in tune with nature and the Universe?

Humanity has only been around for about 200,000 years in a Universe that has been around for 13.8 billion years, so humans are really quite new. Did you know that every day around 100 tons of stardust falls to earth on everyone and all of nature? That is where our sameness comes from, a great way to acknowledge that is to celebrate it.

“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you were given an opportunity to make a global difference, what would you do? Create your own customs to celebrate life and raise a glass to more connectedness, new practices that benefit humanity and nature and to celebrating the joy of life on our unique and wondrous planet.

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12 thoughts on “Instead of Following Traditional New Year’s Customs, Celebrate Life

  1. Yernasia Quorelios December 9, 2022 / 2:30 am

    💜 Gaia, Our Planet Earth 🌏 , is 4.5 Billion Years Young EveryOne; ergo We Get Our Calenders WRONG!!! and Correct Every Four Years with an extra day on 29th of February EveryBody

    …💛💚💙…

  2. barryh December 9, 2022 / 11:10 am

    Well said, Laura. Thank you.

  3. anne leueen December 10, 2022 / 2:56 am

    Well written Laura. Good points and an interesting perspective.

    • Laura December 10, 2022 / 3:06 am

      Thank you Anne, I appreciate you’re reading my post and your comment. Have a good weekend.

      • anne leueen December 10, 2022 / 3:10 am

        You have a good weekend too Laura.

  4. Gary A. McMahon December 11, 2022 / 1:43 am

    Beautiful thoughts! Right on, writing! Well presented, as you always do. Peace, Laura and thank you!

    • Laura December 11, 2022 / 1:54 am

      Peace Gary, thank you

  5. throughrosetintedglasses54 December 19, 2022 / 10:32 pm

    Good thoughts laura . Im not really a party person and would defintely enjoy thinking of a new way to welcome in the new year.
    Wishing you a Happy and peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy new year xx

    • Laura December 19, 2022 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you Alison, I wish you the same, happy Christmas and have a happy, peaceful new year. xx

  6. naturebackin December 29, 2022 / 5:48 am

    I would certainly raise a glass to more connectedness to nature and to each other. Sending you best wishes for the New Year.

    • Laura December 29, 2022 / 5:50 am

      I wish the same for you Carol.

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