This is the time of year when many of us think about what we want for ourselves and make New Year’s resolutions about the things we’d like to do differently. Hanging a fresh, new calendar on the wall has a way of prompting us to assess where we are in our lives and in relation to our goals.
As we all know though, New Year’s resolutions are usually so ineffective that they are standard material for comedians and cartoonists. The comedy works because we can all relate to our endearingly earnest yet perennially futile efforts at change. It seems that for every resolution there is an equal and opposite inner resistance.
So what’s the deal? Why is it that what we begin with a sense of possibility and conviction ends up leaving us feeling even more imprisoned in the very patterns of behavior we want to change?
I believe the reason change often seems impossible to us is because we don’t understand the basic spiritual dynamics at work.Continue Reading