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The Significance of 12-12-12

Happy 12/12/12! One of those crazy dates that supposedly has some significance. And soon approaching is 12/21/12, the end of the Mayan calendar. What is its importance…?

I come from a very spiritual background, having been a monk for 10 years and a Transformational Breath Trainer for 6, going on 7. As a spiritual straight shooter, my bottom line is this: the significance or importance of ANY date is really how you make it significant for YOURSELF.

These dates offer us a chance to bring some importance on a collective level, but all of that begins with the individual. If you are frenetically engaged in life-in-the-fast-lane-as-usual 12/12/12/ or 12/21/12 or any date for that matter will pass you by just like all the rest: trying to catch up, trying to keep up with the Jones’, trying to earn that next dollar, trying to make everyone happy…and the day will end just like all the others: incomplete, frustrated, exhausted.

Whether spiritually you believe these dates are significant in some way or not, I encourage you to embrace the opportunity to make them significant to you. How? Make time in your day to consciously let go of distractions, obligations, effort, frustration, grudges, resentment, etc. (This is different from “taking time out of your day,” which rarely if ever happens!)  Find a quiet space where you can dive into your own being for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour…however long you reasonably can.  (Note:  feeling guilty or stressed about the things you are letting go of for a few minutes is the wrong application of “reason”!).

In that conscious space, practice gentle, conscious breathing, such as the Transformational Breath(r) technique. Allow yourself to tune in to the inner wonder of your being and see how the external world is merely a holographic image of what is going on inside you. Open to the wonder of your being and let yourself receive whatever is available. You may receive a powerful insight…you may experience a sense of deep connection…or simply feel peace, or being completely present to the fullness of your life…you may find yourself in a flood of thoughts of everything you still have to do (in that case, we need to do some work together) — but notice that you are floating, not drowning. Whatever your experience, receive it in a spirit of gratitude, and honor it as part of your ever-evolving experience of life.

Then you will know the significance of 12/12/12.

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