Happy New Year!

One of the archetypes of the heart chakra is an antelope. When you think about an antelope leaping across the savanna, doesn’t it elicit feelings of graceful freedom? (Yes, you do need to keep stalking lions out of the scene). The antelope’s horns spiral upward – symbolizing a sense of growth and purpose that arises from truly occupying the realm of the heart.

It would be naïve to assume the yogic lightness of being symbolized by the antelope comes easy. It is something that has arisen from discipline. Freedom is hard won. You get it because you put in time, even when you don’t feel like it.

I like to watch (and listen to) Lorena McKennit sing. It appears effortless, as if a crystalline voice simply descended upon her from the ethers. But I doubt it was that easy. Sure she has natural talent, but the single minded purpose to pursue her art is evidenced in her product – she opens her mouth and out comes bliss.

So I should talk about New Year’s Resolutions cause that’s why I started writing this. What if you frame your resolutions, rather than punitive “shoulds”, as little antelope leaps on a path to freedom? Maybe they are the gateway to your creativity. Maybe they will make your chronic back pain or knee pain resolve. Maybe they will relieve your depression and make you feel happier. Maybe they will remove the obstacles that stand in the way of creating something timeless and beautiful.


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