Last night I pulled out my calendar for 2019, Ram Dass, Be Here Now.  It was my guidance system for the year, and now I’m returning to The Reading Woman for 2020.

I’m with nostalgia as I look back over the year.  It’s been a tough one with the loss of my brother. There’s a scar, a scar that will always be there, even as it comes together to heal.

I just finished re-reading the book Dune by Frank Herbert.  It’s as relevant now as when it was written, sobering as it examines ecology, religion, spirituality, power, dominance, and the balancing of what we perceive as good and evil.

The book is set in the future, and came from Herbert’s study and curiosity surrounding the sand dunes on the coast of Oregon.

I’m intrigued with this quote from Dune by Pardot Kynes, First Planetologist of the planet Arrakis.

Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans in the finite space of a planetary ecosystem as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.

I sit with that now, with how each of us cultivates the most from our existence, from what we’ve been given to survive and thrive.

Two words guide me: perception and trust.  I trust that my perception is my own, even as I expand it into a wider sharing and truth.

We are here together even as we move the space we are given within the whole.

I’m also with the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery who wrote The Little Prince: “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Perhaps that is the gift of this time of year. We pause and reflect on what we need, and what we intend to create, or maybe there is no intention, only reception, only opening to receive.

If you’re old-fashioned like me, you can literally tear pieces off a calendar and toss them like confetti in the air. 

I ask myself as this day comes to light: How do I refine my life in this new year, keeping it simple, and whittling it down until there’s nothing left to take away, only essence and a deeper opening and connection to source?

How do we keep our own lens open, cleansed and true?

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